Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/16/12
There was plenty to talk about this past weekend for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Perhaps the biggest storyline was the Giants knocking off the defending champion Packers Sunday night, 37-20. At the start of the Playoffs, most people were sure that the Packers would make a back-to-back Super Bowl appearance.

Another shocking game came one day earlier, when the 49ers managed to hold on to upset the Saints, after letting a 17-3 lead at one point shrink to a 36-32 victory. It is incredible to see how Jim Harbaugh has followed in his brother's footsteps, because like John before him, he turned a former sub-.500 team to a formidable playoff force, one win away from a Super Bowl appearance. John Harbaugh did the same in 2008 with the Ravens, who made it to the AFC Championship at Pittsburgh, finishing the regular season 11-5, after coming off a disappointing 5-11 season the year before.

The Patriots ran away from the Broncos, having a record-setting day, and winning 45-10 (They led 35-7 at halftime), while the Ravens had their hands full with a stubborn, fiercely determined Texans team at Baltimore, holding on and winning 20-13.

Now we are down to the Ravens, Patriots, 49ers, and Giants. Which two teams will play in three weeks in Indianapolis?

First, let's break down the AFC Championship. Did the Ravens play a solid game? Absolutely not. But just because Tom Brady exploded once again against Denver, throwing six touchdowns for 365 yards, does that mean that the Patriots will cruise next Sunday and blow Baltimore out of the water with their fiery offense? NOT. AT. ALL.

If you review the Ravens' game, it was all on the defense. Yates threw three interceptions, including a long-awaited one by Ed Reed at the end of the game on their final drive to ultimately seal the deal for the Ravens. They also kept the Texans from scoring at all in the entire second half of the game. For the Ravens to defeat New England next Sunday, though, they know, like every other team, they MUST shut down Tom Brady. If they cannot contain Brady, it will be a very long day for Ray Lewis and company. There is also the issue of Ed Reed hobbling off of the field a couple of times throughout the game, making fans worry if he will be 100% next Sunday.

This is the second AFC Championship appearance by the Ravens since 2008, the start of John Harbaugh and much-criticized quarterback Joe Flacco's tenure.

The 49ers will also have a tough challenge when they host the Giants right after the AFC Championship Game. Though the 49ers are playing at home, they will need more than their 12th man to earn their ticket to the Super Bowl. It was one thing pulling off a shocking upset against the Saints, and even that didn't come easy, at least after the first quarter. The Giants played a solid, well-deserved game, as they defeated the defending champion Packers, whom everyone thought was going to make a back-to-back Super Bowl appearance.

There are also a couple interesting scenarios that could play out for the Super Bowl. The Ravens and Giants could play each other once again, 11 years after their last Super Bowl match-up, where the world-renowned Ravens' defense shut the Giants down, winning 35-7.

And remember the "HarBowl" this past Thanksgiving? How would you like to see a "SupHarBowl"?
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