Sunday, Jan. 19
New England at Denver, 3 p.m. Tom Brady of the Patriots (13-4) will be looking to get to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in his career, while Peyton Manning led the top-seeded Broncos (14-3) into the AFC title game for the first time in eight seasons.
San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. The 49ers (14-4) are in the NFC title game for the third straight season, while the top-seeded Seahawks (14-3) advanced to the NFC championship game for the second time, and first since the 2005 playoffs. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have been rivals dating to their days as opponents in the old Pac-10 conference.
—Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 25 for 36 for 230 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego.
—Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 18 for 27 for 217 yards and two touchdown passes in San Diego's 24-17 loss at Denver.
—Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, was 15 for 28 for 196 yards and a touchdown pass and added a 4-yard touchdown run in San Francisco's 23-10 victory over Carolina.
—Frank Gore, 49ers, had 17 carries for 84 yards in San Francisco's 23-10 win over Carolina.
—Knowshon Moreno, Broncos, had 23 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego.
—Keenan Allen, Chargers, had six catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 24-17 loss to Denver.
—Anquan Boldin, 49ers, caught eight passes for 136 yards in San Francisco's 23-10 win over Carolina.
—Ted Ginn and Steve Smith, Panthers. Ginn had four catches for 104 yards and Smith had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's 23-10 loss to San Francisco.
—Phil Dawson, 49ers, made three field goals in San Francisco's 23-10 win over Carolina.
—Ahmad Brooks and Navorro Bowman, 49ers. Brooks had 2½ sacks and Bowman had 11 tackles, including five solo, and a sack in San Francisco's 23-10 win over Carolina.
—Shaun Phillips, Broncos, had two sacks in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego.
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady in the AFC championship game. The San Francisco 49ers vs. the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title bout. It'll be a Sunday of rivalry showdowns next weekend, with familiar foes a win away from the Super Bowl. Manning helped lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 24-17 on Sunday, setting up another meeting with Brady and the New England Patriots. Manning and Brady have squared off 14 times throughout their careers, with the Patriots quarterback holding a 10-4 edge in the head-to-head matchup — including a 34-31 overtime victory in November. In the NFC, the 49ers and Seahawks are all set to play for the NFC championship in the latest chapter in one of the NFL's budding — and bitter — rivalries. The 49ers have committed seven turnovers and been outscored 71-16 in their past two trips to Seattle, including a 29-3 Week 2 loss in September.
"I think we're the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning. It's going to be a knockdown, drag-out game." — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on facing the division rival Seattle Seahawks again, this time in the NFC championship game next Sunday in Seattle.
"That's two of the greats. It's going to be talked about a lot throughout the week." — Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker on the AFC championship game matchup between Denver's Peyton Manning and New England's Tom Brady.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org