Ravens at (13-4) at Patriots (14-3)


Time/TV: 3 p.m. today, WOIO (Channel 19)


Opening line: Patriots by 7›


Record vs. spread: Baltimore 8-8-1; New England 10-7


Series record: Patriots lead 6-1


Last meeting: Patriots beat Ravens 23-20 in overtime, Oct. 17, 2010


Ravens offense: Overall (15), Rush (10), Pass (19)


Ravens defense: Overall (3), Rush (2), Pass (4)


Patriots offense: Overall (2), Rush (20), Pass (2)


Patriots defense: Overall (31), Rush (17), Pass (31)


Notebook: In the only previous playoff game between these teams, the Ravens won 33-14 on Jan. 10, 2010, after building a 24-0 first-quarter lead. ... Joe Flacco threw 10 passes in that game and Tom Brady had three first-quarter turnovers. ... Flacco is the only quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to reach the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. Brady made it in two of his first four. ... The Ravens are in the AFC Championship Game for the second time in four seasons but have been in only one Super Bowl, beating the New York Giants 34-7 to cap the 2000 season. ... Last weekend, the Ravens were outgained by the Texans 315 yards to 227 but had four takeaways. ... The Ravens are 7-0 against playoff teams this season, including a postseason victory over the Texans. They are 4-4 on road. ... Running back Ray Rice led the NFL with 129.3 total yards from scrimmage per game. In three games against the Patriots, his average is 145.7. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs’ 14 sacks were the most in the AFC. ... The Ravens are 12-4 for the second consecutive season and won the AFC North title for first time since 2006. ... The Ravens’ perennially dominant defense led the AFC with 48 sacks and has an NFL-high 32 postseason interceptions since 2000. ... The Ravens have won seven of their past eight games, including the postseason. ... A Patriots win would put them in the Super Bowl for the seventh time and fifth in 11 years. They’ve won three. ... Brady tied an NFL postseason record with six touchdown passes last weekend. He shares it with Steve Young and Daryle Lamonica. He also has thrown a touchdown pass in 18 consecutive postseason games, two behind Brett Favre’s league record. ... If Brady throws for 195 yards, he’ll pass John Elway’s total of 4,964 for the fourth most postseason passing yards in NFL history. ... Wes Welker has 40 catches in five playoff games. He missed the postseason game against the Ravens after injuring a knee in the regular-season finale. ... Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes from Brady in the playoff game against the Denver Broncos after setting an NFL regular-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions. ... Wide receiver Deion Branch had 85 yards receiving against the Broncos, setting a team career postseason record of 773. Troy Brown held a mark of 694. ... Cornerback Kyle Arrington is tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions on a defense that gave up the second most yards in the league. ... The Patriots are 3-0 at home in AFC Championship Games. ... The Patriots have won their last nine games.


 


Giants (11-7) at 49ers (14-3)


Time/TV: 6:30 p.m. today, WJW (Channel 8)


Opening line: 49ers by 1


Record vs. spread: New York 10-8; San Francisco 12-4-1


Series record: 49ers lead 18-17


Last meeting: 49ers beat Giants 27-20, Nov. 13, 2011


Giants offense: Overall (8), Rush (32), Pass (5)


Giants defense: Overall (27), Rush (19), Pass (29)


49ers offense: Overall (26), Rush (8), Pass (29)


49ers defense: Overall (4), Rush (1), Pass (16)


Notebook: These teams have met seven times in the postseason, with the 49ers winning four games. ... The Giants won their only previous NFC championship meeting 15-13 in January 1991. ... It is the sixth conference championship game since the 1996 season to feature two teams that missed playoffs in the previous season. ... New York quarterback Eli Manning and San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith are tied for the NFL lead with five fourth-quarter comeback wins in the regular season. Smith added his sixth last week against the Saints. ... It is the second time two former No. 1 picks at quarterback faced off in a conference championship game. The Denver Broncos’ John Elway faced the New York Jets’ Vinny Testaverde in the 1998 AFC championship, with Elway winning. ... Manning set an NFL record with 15 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter this season. He has added two more in playoffs and has a 113.6 passer rating in the fourth quarter. ... Manning has thrown three touchdown passes in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. ... Manning has won six of his past seven playoff games, with five coming on the road, including the Super Bowl in 2008 against the Patriots. Manning’s four road playoff wins are tied for the most ever. ... The Giants are averaging 112.7 yards rushing per game over the past seven contests after averaging 82.3 in the first 11. ... The Giants’ Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are one of only two wide-receiving duos to each top 1,000 yards with Cruz finishing third in the NFL with 1,536 (Nicks had 1,192). ... Nicks has 13 catches for 280 yards and four touchdowns in two playoff games, joining Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players in the Super Bowl era with two games of at least 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns in one postseason. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin can tie Tom Landry for the most road playoff wins by winning his seventh this week. ... The Giants finished tied for third in the NFL with 48 sacks in the regular season and have 17 over the past four games. ... The 49ers allowed 44 sacks in the regular season, the most for any playoff team. ... Vernon Davis had 180 yards receiving last week against the New Orleans Saints, setting a postseason record for tight ends. ... Smith has gone 201 consecutive passes without an interception. ... 49ers kicker David Akers has 156 career points against the Giants, the most for any active player. ... The 49ers are one of three teams to call runs on more than half their plays in the regular season. ... 49ers wide receivers had seven catches for 48 yards last week. ... 49ers running back Frank Gore had 13 carries for 89 yards last week after averaging 3.5 yards per carry over the final eight regular-season games. ... Rookie Aldon Smith has 7› sacks in the past six games for the 49ers, including one last week against Drew Brees. ... With a 49ers win, Jim Harbaugh would become the sixth rookie coach to go to a Super Bowl.


— Associated Press