The Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-28 on kicker Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left to advance to the National Football Conference, or NFC, championship game, while the New England Patriots pounded the Houston Texans 41-28 to clinch the remaining spot in the American Football Conference, or AFC, championship game.
The Falcons (14-3) will host the San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) at the Georgia Dome next Sunday in the NFC title game, while New England will be at home in Gillette Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC championship game.
The winners of the conference championship games will play in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.
The Falcons were down by 20 points in the 4th quarter and mounted a furious comeback to make it into the third NFC title game in franchise history.
Bryant, who connected on three field goals and three extra point kicks, was the hero of the game for Atlanta.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who won his first playoff game, ended the game with 24 completions on 35 attempts for 250 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez caught Ryan's first touchdown pass of the game on Sunday.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who had never won a playoff game in his 16 seasons in the NFL, finished with six catches for 51 yards and the lone TD.
The Seahawks were led by rookie Russell Wilson, who was 24 of 36 passing for 385 yards, with two touchdown passes and an interception.
In AFC action, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set another record in his legendary career in leading New England (13-4) past the Texans (13-5).
Brady won his 17th playoff game on Sunday, breaking the record set by Hall of Fame 49ers QB Joe Montana, who was the Patriots quarterback's hero growing up.
If Brady can lead the Patriots past the Ravens (12-6) and then win Super Bowl XLVII, he would tie Montana with three NFL titles.
Brady completed 25 of 40 passes for 344 yards, while Texans QB Matt Schaub was unable to play at the level that Houston needed to win the game.
Schaub finished the game with 34 completions on 51 attempts for 343 yards, with just two TDs. EFE