Championship Sunday MVPs: Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick set up Super Bowl XLVII showdown
Joe Flacco, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens : After a relatively quiet first half, Flacco stepped up in the final 30 minutes, completing 15-of-24 pass attempts for 159 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens scored 21 straight points to defeat the New England Patriots 28-13 and advance to Super Bowl XLVII. On the night, Flacco completed 21-of-36 attempts for 240 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 106.3. In 12 postseason games, Flacco has now passed for 2,385 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has eight touchdowns and zero interceptions during the 2012 postseason. Flacco's performance could not have come at a better time as the 2008 first-round pick out of Delaware is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. That won't happen, though, as the Ravens will likely use the franchise tag to buy themselves a few more months to hammer out a deal that could include around $50 million in guaranteed money. [Slideshow: Ravens top Pats to set up Harbaugh Bowl ] Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers : Continuing with the quarterback theme, Kaepernick completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 233 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' come-from-behind 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Kaepernick only had two carries for 21 yards, but the threat his running ability presented the Falcons defense allowed running backs Frank Gore and LaMichael James to combine for 26 carries, 124 yards and three touchdowns. With seven NFL starts under his belt entering the playoffs, Kaepernick has been phenomenal, completing 33-of-52 pass attempts for 496 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in postseason play. Kaepernick also has 18 rushing attempts for 202 yards and two touchdowns. [Related: Colin Kaepernick validate's Jim Harbaugh's gutsy midseason decision ] We'll also add a bonus MVP for 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. As we noted in our NFC Championship Game preview , the Falcons defense struggled to defend tight ends during the regular season, which may have led to an increased role for Davis in Sunday's game plan. Davis had just seven receptions for 105 yards in the 49ers' prior seven regular and postseason games, but was often left wide open on Sunday, catching five passes for a team-high 106 yards with a four-yard touchdown late in the first half.