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San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) celebrates his rushing touchdown during the second half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs got started on Saturday. Top seeds in the AFC and NFL both punched their tickets to the conference championship game. The Baltimore Ravens will have home field advantage for the AFC Championship Game next weekend. Meanwhile, the NFC Championship Game will be played at the home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Baltimore beat the Houston Texans 34-10. Houston avoided turnovers, but couldn’t generate much offense, compiling 213 total yards in the frigid conditions. NFL MVP favorite Lamar Jackson put on a show for the Ravens. He passed for just 152 yards, but had two touchdowns and now interceptions. Jackson also rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Baltimore will host the winner of today’s Bills-Chiefs game in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday.

San Francisco had a much closer battle on the NFC side of the bracket. The visiting Green Bay Packers gave the 49ers all they could handle. Green Bay led 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, but could not hold on. Packers quarterback Jordan Love played very well in the playoffs, but threw interceptions on their final possessions of both the third and fourth quarters. Christian McCaffrey scored his second touchdown of the game with 1:11 left in regulation to secure the win. It is the third straight NFC Championship Game for San Francisco, who will play the winner of the Lions-Buccaneers game.

Also in today’s Patriots Daily…

2024 New England Patriots Roster

Patriots Football Now – Second Looks: 2024 New England Patriots Offense

Patriots Football Now – Second Look: 2024 New England Patriots Defense and Special Teams

2024 New England Patriots Staff

Patriots Football Now – Patriots Offensive Coordinator Candidates

Patriots Football Now – Patriots Interviewing Defensive Coordinator Candidates

NFL News – Head Coach Openings

Pro Football Network – Chargers remain favorites for Jim Harbaugh?

Yahoo! Sports –Texans OC Bobby Slowik scheduled to interview with Commanders on Sunday

CBS News – Bill Belichick meets with Falcons for second interview

Seahawks Wire – Seahawks to interview Lions Ben Johnson and Texans Bobby Slowik

NBC Sports – Panthers complete interview with Ben Johnson

ESPN – Antonio Pierce hired as Raiders head coach

TennesseeTitans.com – Titans complete interview with Lions DC Aaron Glenn

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Fun Fact of the Day

This past season Montez Sweat became the first player in NFL history to lead two different teams in sacks in the same season. Sweat played the first eight games of the season with the Washington Commanders, recording 6.5 sacks. That was enough to finish first on the team. He was traded to the Chicago Bears, where he played the final nine games of the season. Sweat had 6.0 sacks for Chicago, enough to lead their team as well.

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day is from the Baltimore Ravens, with one of Lamar Jackson’s highlights from yesterday’s win…