2-2 last week; 170-94 overall AFC championship pick: Patriots 28, Ravens 24 I think the Ravens absolutely can win this game, and I certainly would argue that they're the more well-rounded team. But with the Super Bowl on the line, it's very hard to bet against one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history playing on his home field. NFC championship pick: 49ers 23, Giants 17 The Giants might be the hotter team, but the 49ers have been the better one all season. A tight and physical contest is won by Jim Harbaugh's team, which will take its remarkable turnaround to the Super Bowl.
NANINE HARTZENBUSCH, Baltimore Sun