San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes as tight end Delanie Walker waits to run a route during practice Wednesday in New Orleans.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. | Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.
ATLANTA | Make way Joe Montana and Steve Young. Colin Kaepernick is leading a brash new group of 49ers to the Super Bowl.
The San Francisco 49ers bench erupts after the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Atlanta. The 49ers won 28-24 to advance to Super Bowl XLVII.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. | Michael Turner's trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons' locker room.
Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud greets teammate Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson during practice Thursday. The Falcons have good reason to respect the dual-threat skills of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick when they meet in the NFC Championship on Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. | Home sweet home. Sure works for the Patriots in the AFC title game.
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday. The Ravens are scheduled to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship on Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. | Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana as a kid in the Bay Area. Now, he's surpassed his hero for postseason wins.
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left, is congratulated by quarterback Tom Brady after Vareen's eight-yard touchdown pass reception during the AFC divisional playoff.
ATLANTA | Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.
DENVER | The eight teams left in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for a good part of their success. That's one reason players are still upset Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of abolishing kickoffs altogether.
LANDOVER, Md. | Russell Wilson raced ahead to throw the final block on Marshawn Lynch's go-ahead touchdown run, and the Seattle Seahawks finally had a victorious road show.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) tries to get away from Colts free safety Antoine Bethea (41) and inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) on Sunday.
BALTIMORE | The Baltimore Ravens wanted one long final ride for Ray Lewis.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. | The San Francisco 49ers' defense is that much more stingy with Justin Smith on the field.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III prepares for Sunday's wild card game against Seattle during a workout Wednesday at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Colts want offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to stick around a little longer.
GLENDALE, Ariz. | Of course the defense made the plays that mattered most for Chicago. These are, after all, the Bears.
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