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NFL Playoff Schedule 2012: Conference Championships Are Set

One of the more bittersweet moments for Browns fans was watching the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, just a few short years after the franchise left Cleveland for Baltimore. Some deja vu may be in order, as the Ravens have reached the AFC championship again and are one step away from the Super Bowl again.

The Ravens held serve at home to beat Houston 20-13 Sunday afternoon and will face the New England Patriots at 3 p.m. next Sunday on CBS.

In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers, consistently the best team all season long, fell badly at home 37-20 to the New York Giants after going 15-1 in the regular season. Ironically, the team with the best regular season record was the only team to lose at home in the playoffs so far. That sets up a New York-San Francisco NFC championship game at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday that seemed very unlikely at the beginning of the season.

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