It’s been narrowed down to four teams, and on Sunday, two will punch their ticket to Super Bowl LI in Houston. It’s the AFC and NFC Championship Games, featured in this week’s NFL Playoff preview.
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX)
The red-hot Green Bay Packers travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in what will be a game charged with emotion for the Atlanta faithful.
Not only is it Atlanta’s first NFC Championship berth in years, this will also be the final Falcons game played inside the historic Georgia Dome, which has been home to not only the Falcons, but numerous events, championships and concerts over the years. Next year, the Falcons will christen the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, located directly beside the Georgia Dome.
For the Packers, it was all about “running the table” to make the playoffs. Now, a team that has beaten both the surging New York Giants and 2016 darling Dallas Cowboys, the Packers looked primed to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) January 20, 2017
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Old rivals square off in Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, friends off the field and two of the greatest in the league, will go head-to-head once again for the AFC title at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The Patriots are looking to head to their 7th Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era, winners of four of their previous six appearances. The Steelers look to make their 4th Super Bowl appearance since 2008, beginning with a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
Most NFL conference championship game appearances since 2001 (including Sunday)
1. Patriots 11
2. Steelers 6 pic.twitter.com/gjGEgGdOQt
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2017
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