The Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills both kept their Super Bowl hopes alive with play-off victories.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes – one for Davante Adams and one for Allen Lazard – and ran in for another score, while Aaron Jones also overtook as the Packers beat the Los Angeles Rams 32-18.
In the later game, touchdowns from Stefon Diggs and Taron Johnson, who scored a 101-yard run after an interception, helped beat the Baltimore Ravens 17-3.
It is the second year in a row for the Packers that they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game, which play on Sunday (11:40 pm GMT).
The Packers haven't reached a Super Bowl since defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV 10 years ago and losing 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers in the championship final last January.
Meanwhile, the Bills have never won a Super Bowl and are hoping to claim the AFC title for the first time since the 1993 campaign.
Next up is the winner of the play-off between the Cleveland Browns and the reigning champions of the Kansas City Chiefs. These two will meet on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. GMT.
Aaron Rodgers is expected to be named the NFL Most Valuable Player this season, following MVPs in 2011 and 2014
The fans return to Lambeau Field
For the first time this season, Lambeau Field had a crowd of up to 9,000 fans, including 6,500 season ticket holders, while the rest was a mix of invited guests including first responders, health care workers, military personnel, and family members of Packers staff.
"It was special and there is nothing like it," Rodgers said. "We really missed that part of the experience. It's amazing running out of the tunnel with fans and it's hard to explain what it feels like to have the energy from them."
"It (the lead) could have been more and I'm so proud of our guys. Our defense had a couple of big stops and that feels really good.
"I was barely touched all night so we turned them off well and that made my game easier."
Lambeau Field will host the NFC championship game on January 24th
The home fans almost had an early touchdown to celebrate when the Packers built up the pressure on their inaugural run but had to settle for Mason Crosby's 24-yard field goal before Matt Gay of the Rams 37-3-3 completed. Yard field goal.
But Rodgers, slated to be named NFL Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career, was court-tied to Adams for his 19th touchdown of the season.
Rodgers then got a quick touchdown himself when he pretended to throw and managed to scramble into the corner to increase the Packers' advantage. In the last minute of the first half, a nine-game Rams ride ended with Van Jefferson diving to catch Jared Goff's four-yard pass.
There was still time for one final Packers hit, but the passes for Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were incomplete before Crosby's 39-yard field goal put the Packers 19-10 ahead at halftime.
The Rams, who lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl three years ago, dropped 25-10 shortly after the restart after a 60-yard sprint from Jones put the Packers in a great position and Jones then himself bundled its way short range.
Cam Akers kept the Rams in with a touchdown and the two-point switch attempt at the end of the third quarter.
Rodgers, who has now made 50 touchdown passes for the season, found Lazard sprinting home for a 58-yard touchdown to seal the win.
Johnson's insane 101 yard score as the bills progress
The second game on Saturday was played as a battle of the quarterbacks between the Bills & # 39; Josh Allen and the Ravens & # 39; Lamar Jackson, last season's MVP, billed.
In the first half, however, the defense was at the top. The hosts' only points came from a 28-yard field goal from Tyler Bass, who later missed from 43 yards.
In stormy conditions, Justin Tucker scored a field goal on the third opportunity from 34 yards in the final seconds of half to tie it 3-3.
For the first time in his career, Tucker had previously missed two field goal attempts within 50 meters – a post from 41 meters and then again from 46 meters.
The Bills have never won a Super Bowl after losing four straight years in the NFL in the early 1990s, and their 27:24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on January 9 was their first post-season win since 1995.
In front of an ardent crowd of 6,772 fans at Bills Stadium, the hosts scored their first touchdown early in the second half with an 11-game drive that ended when Allen went over to Diggs for a four-yard score.
The Ravens, Super Bowl winners in the 2000 and 2012 seasons, pushed to improve the scores, but the crucial moment came when Jackson's attempted pass to Mark Andrews in the end zone was intercepted by Johnson and he ran the full length of the field for a memorable race ran to the 101-yard touchdown.
On a miserable evening for Jackson, he left the action after a heavy hit in the third quarter and did not return after being disfellowshipped due to a concussion.
Taron Johnson's 101-yard touchdown was the longest in postseason history after George Teague started for the Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions in 1993