NFL Conference Championships Overview

The NFL playoffs are almost officially over as after this weekend only two teams will be left standing and headed to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas next month.

Here is a breakdown of the final four teams left in the running to play in the big game on the biggest stage in two weeks (February 6th):

AFC Championship Game

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers Sun. Jan. 23rd 2011 6:30pm EST

The New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers have arguably the two best defenses left in the NFL playoffs and they will go head-to-head this weekend at Heinz Field to see which defense is the best.

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Over the past few years, the Steelers and the Jets have lived and died by their play on the defensive side of the football and their unique ability to contain potent offenses. Even though the defense of these two teams will dominate the headlines coming into this AFC Championship game, I believe it will be New York that comes out on top as their offense has hit their stride and maybe good enough to get the best of this lockdown Steelers defense.

The New York Jets have gotten a lot of credit as of late for being able to stop the high-powered offenses of the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots in consecutive weeks in the playoffs, but neither one of those teams has a reliable defense that can stop an offense like the Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers on the other hand do have that kind of defense, especially against the running game. Normally, the Jets offense is dominated by one of the best running games in the league with the two-headed monster of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene, but with the emergence of second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez as a legitimate threat in the offense, New York has come alive offensively and could pull off the slight upset against the Steelers this weekend in Pittsburgh.

So the key to this game in my opinion is the Jets offense going up against the Steelers defense. If Mark Sanchez can have another good game like he did last week against the Patriots (three passing touchdowns) then I believe New York will be headed to the Super Bowl.

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NFC Championship Game

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears Sun. Jan. 23rd 2011 3pm EST

The these NFL playoffs have been entertaining to say the least as we have seen some pretty bitter rivalries over the past few weeks, but in the NFC Championship game we will see perhaps the oldest and most bitter rivalry in the NFL when the Green Bay Packers head to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears.

Even though the Chicago Bears won the NFC North division title this season and were able to get a first-round bye in the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers are a very dangerous team coming into this NFC Championship game.

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Not only were the Green Bay Packers able to get the best of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of playoffs by containing Michael Vick, but they followed that impressive win with another big win over arguably the best team in the NFC Conference in the Atlanta Falcons.

With perhaps the best game of his NFL career, perennial Pro bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers put on a show from start to finish as he just dominated the Falcons defense by lighting them up for a playoff-high 48 points.

It seems that everyone’s been waiting for the Packers to start suffering from their many injury problems, but they just seem to get better with every passing week and that should continue this weekend in Chicago as I believe they will get the best of their division rivals and advance to the Super Bowl.

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