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The road to Super Bowl XLVIII will lead through Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks, the top seed in the NFC playoffs, guaranteed the NFC Championship game will be played at their home field with a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.
The 49ers face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs to determine which team will travel to Seattle for a Sunday, Jan. 19 game, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (PT). The NFC champion will face the AFC champion in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2.
And, officially, Candlestick Park has seen its final 49ers game. If the Saints had defeated the Seahawks and the 49ers beat the Panthers, the 49ers would have been the home team in the NFC Championship game.
The 49ers’ 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 23 was the final game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers will move into Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next season.
NFL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
NFC: 49ers 23, Green Bay 20
NFC: New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24
AFC: Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44
AFC: San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10
NFC: Seattle 23, New Orleans 15
AFC: Indianapolis at New England (CBS), 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12
NFC: 49ers at Carolina (FOX), 10:05 a.m.
AFC: San Diego at Denver (CBS), 1:40 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19
AFC Championship: (CBS), noon
NFC Championship: 49ers-Carolina winner at Seattle, (FOX), 3:30 p.m.
Super Bowl XLVIII
Sunday, Feb. 2
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (FOX), 3:30 p.m.