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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome back in October. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Conference championships won by the Falcons, including Sunday's victory over the Packers.

Ed: First up today, we have Green Bay traveling to Atlanta for the NFC championship game (3:05 pm ET, FOX), and this should be one heck of a matchup.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan is the MVP-to-be, and he's bolstered by superstar receiver Julion Jones and offensive coordinator and presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

The 39-year-old quarterback also extended his National Football League postseason all-time lead in touchdowns (61), passing yards (8,628), completions (788), victories (24), and starts by a quarterback (33).

It will be the Falcons' second Super Bowl appearance. The Falcons will be playing for their first Lombardi Trophy.

Then, when he became a free agent after the next season, he got a call from Bill himself offering an opportunity to join a team Hogan said he always "looked up to" from afar.

"I just don't understand Pittsburgh at all", Francesa said at the start of his WFAN show.

In terms of total viewership, this year's NFC Championship game drew an average audience of 46 million viewers, according to Nielsen - up from 45.7 million last year. Bill Belichick, coach of the Patriots, is well-known for devising a strategy to shut down the best player on the opposition.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Mc Carthy against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

For the Patriots, this is about revenge, it's about justifying an entire era of dominance, it's about the frustrations of the long legal slog Brady went through (and ultimately lost) trying to deny Goodell's right to suspend him for the "DeflateGate" scandal.

Brady has been his usual spectacular self in those four meetings with the Falcons, completing a combined 67 percent of his passes for 1,193 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception for a 115.7 rating.

The Steelers began the second half with a 15-yard run by DeAngelo Williams after Bell was sidelined due to injury.

"It was a very rough couple of weeks for us, on top of the Clemson-Alabama game".

Both of those guys consistently take the underneath routes when they are given to them and don't ever think about going to another route until the defense takes the underneath route away.

"It's incredible", Brady told CBS Sports. They've won four, the last time in 2015 over the Seattle Seahawks.

As for Vegas? The early odds favor Brady and the Pats, but just barely, as New England opens as a three-point favorite for the big game. "When the game is close to pick'em, you don't generally get that". "There should be a lot of points on the board".



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