6 Things to Watch for In Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games

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6 Things To Watch For In Sunday's Championship Games

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Championship Sunday is nearly upon us. Two games for all the marbles. By the end of tomorrow evening, we will know the NFC and AFC representatives in the Super Bowl. What a championship weekend.

These are truly the four best teams in football. All year, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots fought for AFC supremacy. Despite coughing up a game in dramatic fashion to the Pats, the Broncos found a way to win the AFC outright. The two best squads. The two best quarterbacks. This game will be a treat for even the most casual of football fans.

Switching sides to the NFC, we may have the fiercest, hardest-hitting rivalry in sports. These teams simply don't like each other. Heck, even the coaches, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, are at odds with one another. There will be no love lost in this one.

Take a seat folks. For as long as I have been watching football, this sets up as one of the all-time best championship weekends. The two best maybe to ever do it on one side. The two hardest hitting defenses who happen to be divisional rivals on the other.

It simply does not get any better than this. These are clearly the four best teams in football. When it gets whittled down to two, there will be little debate as to who the kings of each conference are.

It's going to be an action-packed six-plus hours of football. Except some surprises, hard hitting and a lot of fireworks throughout these two games. Here are six things to look for on Championship Sunday.

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Can The Patriots Continue To Dominate On The Ground

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The New England Patriots have simply been dominant on the ground. LeGarrette Blount has been a lethal weapon with his combination of power and speed. Can the Pats continue this trend? If they do, it may be a long day for the Broncos.

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Can The San Francisco 49ers Offense Stay Hot?

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The San Francisco 49ers, winners of eight-straight, are the hottest team in football. The new-look offense has a lot to do with that. The addition of a healthy Michael Crabtree, as well as the veteran presence of Anquan Boldin has made all the difference in the world. Not too mention their supreme athlete at quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. If this offense continues to click on Sunday, it won't matter what type of environment they are in. They will be playing in February.

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What Will The Seahawks Offense Look Like Minus Percy Harvin?

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The Seattle Seahawks' passing offense is frankly pretty anemic minus the explosive talent Percy Harvin. They will be without him Sunday. How will Russell Wilson and the offense adjust? My guess is they will have to rely on Marshawn Lynch. If the Niners stop him on the ground, it may be another long day for this offense.

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Can The Denver Broncos Put 60 Minutes Together?

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The Denver Broncos have looked like an unbeatable team for three quarters. For some reason in the fourth and specifically late in the fourth, they tend to unfold. It almost happened again last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. If the Broncos want to take down their nemesis, the Patriots, they will need to put an entire 60-minute effort together.

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Who Will Get The Best Of The Latest Tom Brady/Peyton Manning Chapter?

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet up for the 15th time. Brady has simply owned Manning. There's no other way to put it. He is 10-4 all-time against the legendary Manning. Will Manning prevail against history? I think this is Manning's time, but as we know, games are not played on paper. There is never a dull moment when these two go at it.

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Will The Seattle Seahawks Defense Contain The Niners Offense?

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The Seattle Seahawks would be wise to make this game a defensive struggle as they simply can't keep up with the Niners offensively. If the Seahawks' defense can keep the game in the high teen's or maybe low 20s, the Seahawks have more than a puncher's chance of stamping their tickets to the Super Bowl.


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