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PHOTO GALLERY: NFL teams battle for Super Bowl berth

Sunday, January 22, 2012 | 9:56 p.m. CST

The New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens battled for the AFC Championship, and the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers played in the NFC Championship. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20, and the Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime.  The victors will meet in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with the AFC Championship trophy Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20 to win the AFC Championship.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff looks at the uprights after missing a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20 to win the AFC Championship.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (32) hangs on during the second half of the AFC Championship football game on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.
New York Giants tight end Bear Pascoe, right, celebrates with tight end Jake Ballard after scoring on a six-yard touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) is hit by New York Giants' Dave Tollefson (71) as he throws during the first half of the NFC Championship football game Sunday in San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is seen before the NFC Championship football game on Sunday in San Francisco.

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