SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Any cold-weather garments Vernon Davis owns are getting tossed aside as quickly as he changed San Francisco's playoff fortunes with a game-winning touchdown catch against the favored Saints.
Instead of gearing up — literally speaking — for a trip to frigid Green Bay, the 49ers (14-3) get to stay right at home in the much-warmer Bay Area to host the New York Giants in the franchise's first NFC championship game since the 1997 season.
The NFC West champion Niners already beat New York 27-20 at Candlestick Park in November, and both teams have come far since Justin Smith batted down Eli Manning's last-ditch pass to seal it in the waning moments.
The Giants stunned the defending Super Bowl champion Packers on Sunday to give San Francisco the home field.
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