NFL Conference Championship Games Set

Both conference championships are now set. In the AFC the New England Patriots will meet the Denver Broncos. In the NFC the Carolina Panthers will take on the Arizona Cardinals.

The first team to get into the AFC Championship game was the New England Patriots who beat the red hot Kansas City Chiefs who were riding an 11 game winning streak into the playoffs.

The Patriots won this matchup 27-20 in what was a defensively tight game in the first half of the contest. Injuries and some rare coaching mistakes by Kansas City’s head coach Andy Reid turned the tied in the favor of the home team and New England opened up their offense and took control of this game in the second half.

In the second game on Saturday, the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals put on an exciting game with nail biting plays, with one of those plays ending the game in over-time where Arizona’s WR Larry Fitzgerald caught and ran in a touchdown to cap off the win 26-20 for the Cardinals.

In a weird play to start over-time, the coin did not flip and the toss had to happen again. Weird or what?

It was a play by the Green Bay Packers that we have seen time and again by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  In what was a Hail Mary pass that sent the game into over-time (it was the second time Green Bay did this is year). Déjà vu or what?

Sunday’s games were as spectacular to watch as the pervious days games.  The Carolina Panthers were at home to the Seattle Seahawks, and the Pittsburgh Steelers took to the road against the Denver Broncos.

In what was a game were “what a difference a half makes” the Carolina Panthers put up a 31-0 score in the first half of this game.  I though fore sure this game was over but after the half-time was over the Seattle Seahawks showed what heart is and stopped the Panthers from scoring another touchdown for the rest of the game and scored 21 unanswered points to close the gap and make a game out of things.

What was a strong performance in the second half it was a little too late for Seattle, and the 31 points Carolina put up in the first half held up and moved the Panthers into the NFC Championship game next week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos put up a defensive game and the offenses went deep pass after deep pass with nothing really to show for their aggressiveness down the field.  This game was all about field goals being made in a windy Sports Authority Field in Denver.  This game was won on a Pittsburgh fumble, which lead to a Broncos touchdown.  From there, the Denver defense did the rest to secure that lead. Denver moves on to the championship game with a 23-16 win.

If the AFC and NFC Championship games are anything like this weekends games.  NFL fans fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight.  These two games will be spectacular to watch and will lead up to one of the best Super Bowls in a very long time    

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