Falcons defensive end John Abraham played 44 snaps on a bad ankle Sunday and did not have a tackle, a quarterback hit or even a hurry. But coach Mike Smith said he won't second-guess himself for playing Abraham in the meaningless regular-season finale, when he suffered the injury.
Last week, a Boston billboard had a countdown to Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis' retirement "party," which was set to "begin" at kickoff of Sunday's game between the Ravens and Patriots for the AFC Championship.
If it is the last game for 16-year pro Tony Gonzalez, he certainly didn't go out with a whimper. Gonzalez racked up eight catches for 78 yards and a score in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. After the game, Gonzalez certainly sounded like someone not planning on returning.
A host of critical plays by some of the San Francisco 49ers' less-heralded players on defense were instrumental in the 28-24 win over the Falcons in Sunday's NFC Championship. The defense rallied after falling behind 17-0 early in the second quarter.
Here's CBSSports.com's numerical guide to Sunday's AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are looking to capture their sixth AFC title in the last 12 years. The Ravens hope to avoid their third defeat in the AFC Championship in the last five seasons.
Here's CBSSports.com's numerical guide to Sunday's NFC Championship between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome. The winner will be the 11th team to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in the last 12 years.