Associated Press

Whether in the AFC or NFC, it was a good day for several football players with Utah ties in Sunday's NFL playoffs.

Five Baltimore Ravens have ties to the Beehive State, and each will represent the team in Super Bowl XLVII in two weeks after the Ravens knocked out New England 28-13 in the AFC title game.

In the NFC, a pair of 49ers with Utah ties moved on to the Super Bowl when San Francisco rallied to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.

Dennis Pitta
Associated Press

Team: Baltimore Ravens



The former BYU tight end had the best playoff performance of his three-year career. Pitta had five catches for 55 yards, tying his career playoff best, and a touchdown. His 5-yard score, with 6:14 to go in the third quarter, put the Ravens ahead for good.


Pitta also had a touchdown against the Patriots in last year's AFC championship game and during the regular season this year against New England.



Pitta nearly had another touchdown in the first half, when he caught a pass one-handed in the end zone but couldn't get both feet in.



Up next: A former Ute with ties to Utah County.

Paul Kruger
Associated Press

Team: Baltimore Ravens



Kruger, the former Utah star, had his quietest day of this year's playoffs, though he was still effective. The linebacker started and had four assisted tackles.



Up next: A Salt Lake City native breaks out with a big game.

Haloti Ngata

Team: Baltimore Ravens



Ngata, who attended Highland High and has been to numerous Pro Bowls, put together his best game of this postseason. Starting at defensive tackle, Ngata had two solo tackles, two assisted tackles and hurried Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times.



Up next: Another Ute shuts down the Patriots.

Ma’ake Kemoeatu

Team: Baltimore Ravens



Kemoatu, an NFL veteran, also had his best game of this year's playoffs. He finished with two solo tackles and three assisted tackles as the Ravens forced three New England turnovers.



Up next: Players who didn't record a stat.

David Reed, Alex Smith and Will Tukuafu
Associated Press

Teams: David Reed, Baltimore Ravens; Alex Smith and Will Tukuafu, San Francisco 49ers



Reed, a wide receiver out of Utah, and Tukuafu, a defensive tackle from East High, played but did not record any stats in Sunday's games.



Smith, a quarterback out of Utah, did not play in the 49ers' win. He was replaced near midseason by Colin Kepernick, who threw for 233 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game.