The Conference Championships are here…and let me tell you, I’m all kinds of freaking out. These matchups are unreal. Let’s just dive right in before I get too excited.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (Sunday at 3pm EST)
Interesting fact of the day: Brady and Manning have met three times in the playoffs. Each time, the home team not only won, but won and went on to win the Super Bowl. That’s a pretty good deal. Brady has won twice, Manning once.
These teams have already met once this season. Remember the comeback to beat all comebacks back in November? The one in which the Patriots went into halftime shutout, down 24-0, and emerged victorious in a 34-31 win? We get to see that again, although probably a little bit different this time around. But then again, who knows!
It’s kind of poetic that Manning is going to have to defeat Brady to defeat his playoff demons as well. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are walking football legends. They’ve been compared up and down a thousand times over, with Brady always being given the head-to-head edge (which he’s earned; he’s won 10 of the 14 times they’ve played each other).
Manning is having the season of a lifetime as the undisputed MVP. Brady is having the season of a lifetime of a completely different kind; he’s leading his team and getting the job done better than even before while having less than ever before.
THIS GAME. I just can’t take it!!! I’m so excited!
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday at 6:30pm EST)
The game is like the little brother of the first game: two up-and-coming quarterbacks who could very easily find themselves in Brady or Manning-esque shoes a few years down the road.
This is also a repeat of a regular season matchup. Since the Niners and the Seahawks are in the same division they play twice a year; each team won their home game this year. The Seahawks, however, had the more convincing win by a landslide, beating the Niners 29-3 in Week 2. Seattle is a notoriously hostile environment, and in a championship game against a divisional rival?
We’ll probably feel the aftershocks over here on the east coast.
Have a GREAT Conference Championship weekend, everyone!!! It’s shaping up to be nothing short of amazing.