- Packers push 49ers all the way
- Ravens see off Houston Texans
- 49ers and Ravens have home advantage for Conference Championship games
The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens both sealed their place in the Conference Championship games with contrasting victories.
49ers win thriller, Ravens in emphatic victory
In a thrilling NFL playoff clash, the San Francisco 49ers staged a nerve-wracking comeback against the Green Bay Packers, solidifying their position as favourites to win Super Bowl 58. Hosting the Packers in the divisional round, the 49ers faced a tough challenge from the seventh-seeded team.
The first half was tense, with the 49ers holding a narrow 7-6 lead. However, a captivating third quarter saw the Packers surge ahead 21-14. As the clock ticked down with just over six minutes remaining, the Packers still maintained their lead. Nevertheless, quarterback Brock Purdy orchestrated a game-winning drive, bringing San Francisco within one win of the NFL’s championship game.
Christian McCaffrey, the frontrunner for this season’s Offensive Player of the Year, capped off the drive with his second touchdown of the game, scored with only 67 seconds left. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw secured his second interception, sealing a 24-21 victory for the 49ers and propelling them into the Conference Championships.
Joining them in the next round, the Baltimore Ravens, who also enjoyed a first-round bye as the top seed in their conference, secured a dominant 34-10 win at home against the Houston Texans.
Both the 49ers and the Ravens will enjoy home advantage in the upcoming Conference Championship games set for next Sunday.
At the time of writing, bet365 have the 49ers at 7/5, the Ravens at 7/4 with the Buffalo Bills at 6/1 and the Kansas City Chiefs at 9/1. Punters need to study the form of the relevant teams in the closing stages of the regular season and the opening post-season matches when making their picks.
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