A pair of crucial errors commited by the Atlanta Falcons opened the door for the San Francisco 49ers, who won 28-24 last Sunday.
The 49ers won the NFC title and will get a shot at the Super Bowl come Feb. 3, when San Francisco meets the Baltimore Ravens.
Mexican tight end Tony González for the Ravens likely played his final NFL game, ending his 16-season pro career (12 with the Kansas City Chiefs) without making a Super Bowl appearance.
In Foxborough, John Harbaugh coached the Ravens to a 28-13 AFC title victory over the New England Patriots.
Harbaugh faces his younger sibling, Jim Harbaugh, 49ers head coach, in the Super Bowl at the Super Dome in New Orleans.
NBA Sacramento Kings sold
SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings and the National Basketball Association this morning confirmed the Maloof family has reached a binding agreement to sell the team to a Seattle investment group. The deal has been sent to the NBA for review and potential approval in the coming weeks.
"The Maloof family announced today that an executed purchase and sale agreement has been reached to sell the family's interest in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Sacramento Kings to a group led by investor Chris Hansen. The transaction requires approval by the NBA's Board of Governors and therefore no comments or details regarding the agreement will be released," the Maloof said in a statement.
A source with knowledge of the deal said the Maloofs and partner Bob Hernreich sold their joint 65 percent stake in the team, and that the deal was based on an overall $525 million team value. That implies the Seattle group is paying around $340 million for the 65 percent share controlled by the Maloofs.