Alex Smith was outgunned by Drew Brees 4 TDs to 3, but Smith had the final say, hitting TE Vernon Davis on a 14-yard TD strike with just seconds to go in regulation to send the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in fourteen years.
The two teams combined for 32 fourth quarter points with four lead changes in the final four minutes.
They will face the winner of tomorrow's Giants-Packers contest. If the Giants win, the Niners will be the host. If the Pack wins, the Niners will travel to Lambeau.
The NFC Championship Game will be televised on FOX next Sunday at 6:30 Eastern.