Only three games remain in the 2016-17 NFL season (four if you count the Pro Bowl).
The NFC Championship Game pits the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Expect these teams to light up the scoreboard. Atlanta had the league’s best offense all season long. Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback playing better than anybody. It should be exciting.
The AFC Championship has perhaps the league’s two most consistently excellent franchises, the Steelers and the Patriots in Foxborough. The Pats won the first meeting between these teams in October in Pittsburgh. They had Rob Gronkowski, though, and the Steelers lacked Ben Roethlisberger.
If you don’t believe this league is about the quarterback position, just take a look at the teams still playing. It’s tough to argue that these are not the four best quarterbacks in the league. Matt Ryan has probably earned a spot on that list this season, although he is the most likely candidate to drop off it with a poor postseason performance.
Sunday, January 22
(all times ET)
NFC: Packers-Falcons, FOX, 3:05 p.m. Streaming: Fox Sports Go
AFC: Steelers-Patriots, CBS, 6:40 p.m. Streaming: CBSSports.com
Super Bowl XLIX
Sunday, February 5
NFC champion versus AFC champion (CBS, 6:30 p.m.) Streaming: CBSSports.com