After an exciting day that saw both the AFC and NFC conference championship games come down to the wire, the 2012 Super Bowl matchup is set: the New England Patriots will battle the New York Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, which was won by the Giants.
In the first game of the day, the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens after Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff's game-tying (and overtime-forcing) 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. Joe Flacco threw for 306 yards and two scores in defeat, while Tom Brady threw for 239 yards and was intercepted twice.
The New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime later on Sunday afternoon, and special teams once again proved a huge factor; as it was a fumbled punt by San Francisco's Kyle Williams that set up New York's game-winning field goal in the extra period.
New York and New England will meet in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Super Bowl XLVI. Kickoff is set for 5:29 p.m. CT, with television coverage by NBC.
For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.