The NFL playoff journey began with 32 teams aspiring to lift the Lombardi Trophy this season. After the wild card round and the divisional rounds, only four teams now stand on the threshold of the NFL Conference Championship, one step away from the coveted Super Bowl.
As we approach the final stage, the matchups are set for the NFL Conference Championship: the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Detroit Lions. Before the Super Bowl spectacle, let’s delve into the details, including the date, start time, and venues for these decisive encounters.
Ravens vs Chiefs: date, start time, venue
The Baltimore Ravens, led by the dynamic Lamar Jackson, are set to host the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, led by the talented quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The AFC Championship Game is scheduled to take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, January 28, 2024, with kickoff set for 3 p.m., as per NJ.com.
This marks Baltimore’s first appearance in the AFC Championship Game since the 2012 season. The Ravens earned their spot in this highly anticipated matchup by dominating the divisional round, defeating the Houston Texans with an impressive 34-10 score. As the No. 1 seed, their goal is to secure a Super Bowl trip, a feat they fell short of in the 2019–20 playoffs.
On the other side, the Kansas City Chiefs are entering the championship game with momentum from their divisional-round victory over the Buffalo Bills. This marks the first time the third-seeded Chiefs will be on the road with a Super Bowl trip on the line. The Chiefs are set to make their sixth consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship Game, presenting a rare opportunity to repeat their Super Bowl journey.
49ers vs Lions: date, start time, venue
Following a thrilling divisional round weekend, football fans are gearing up for an epic showdown in the NFL Conference Championship game. The Lions and 49ers are set to face off in a highly anticipated NFC championship game on Sunday, January 28, with the winner securing a spot in Super Bowl 58 (LVIII).
The matchup is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
In their previous week, the 49ers secured a hard-fought victory over the Green Bay Packers, led by Jordan Love, with a final score of 24-21. On the other hand, the Lions dashed the hopes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping to win a Super Bowl in the post-Tom Brady era.
While the 49ers boast a rich Super Bowl history, having won five titles in seven appearances, the Lions stand as the lone NFC team never to have played in a Super Bowl.
The upcoming game holds significance as the Lions embark on their first road game of the postseason and the first one played outside their home territory. In contrast, the 49ers, with their impressive regular-season record of 12-5, aim for their eighth Super Bowl appearance and first since 2019.
The Lions, exceeding expectations with two playoff wins, will be making their first NFC Championship Game appearance since 1992. Although it’s their sole appearance in the title game during the Super Bowl era, Jared Goff’s team is determined to make it count and fulfill their Super Bowl aspirations.
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