The Baltimore Ravens advanced to American Football Conference, or AFC, championship game with a thrilling 38-35 double-overtime win against the Denver Broncos, while the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31 to move into the National Football Conference, or NFC, championship game.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime period to help Baltimore clinch the win in Denver on Saturday.

The Ravens will play the winner of Sunday's game between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.

Baltimore's victory extended the NFL career of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis by at least one more game.

Lewis announced recently that he planned to retire after this season and told reporters after the win against the Broncos that he considered his team's playoff run a "blessing."

The Ravens (12-6) will be playing in their third AFC championship game in the past five years and are making their second consecutive conference title game appearance.

The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, advanced to the NFC championship game for the second consecutive season with dominating offensive performance against the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick outdueled Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers in Saturday's divisional playoff game.

Kaepernick did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 181 yards, a new playoff record for a quarterback, and also threw two touchdown passes.

The quarterback, who started the season as a back-up, took over when starter Alex Smith sustained a concussion and was playing in his first post-season game.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick after Smith recovered and has not had any reason to second-guess his decision.

Kaepernick ran 20 yards for a score in the first quarter and had a dazzling 56-yard run in the third quarter to break Michael Vick's record of 119 rushing yards in a playoff game.

San Francisco (12-4-1) will play the winner of Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game. EFE