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Deke: Four great teams make for exciting Conference football

OK, by now you've come to the realization that the remaining teams are the best in the NFL this season. Sure, we can all point to "what if's" and "could have beens" for a bunch of teams.  But this week, it's all about the Seahawks, Niners, Broncos and Patriots.

If you're a football fan, you might want to go ahead and make plans to park yourself in front of your TV for much of Sunday afternoon until the nighttime.  These two title games bring some serious stuff to table.

The matchup between Manning and Brady for a second time this season, and the third installment of what is now the best rivalry in the NFL will all come to a head when the Seahawks host the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and the Patriots head to Denver.

Before we get all of your predictions and breakdowns for these two huge games, I'll give you my gut feeling, and right now I'm saying San Fran all the way.  I'm talking all the way and winning it all this season.

Now let's give a little take on the games.  Manning versus Brady gives fans and CBS higher up's so much to smile about that the bigwigs might bite a hole in their chest this week.

The game's two best QBs for well over a decade reunite for a berth in the biggest game on the planet.  All season long, there has been thoughts of these two teams meeting once again. This weekend's AFC Title Game is a Super Bowl of sorts.... well, kind of, anyway.

It's hard to say which of these two games I'm more excited about.  The brawl in the NFC reminds me of a good ole-fashion, show-up-in-your-best, bring-a-full-lunch and be-ready-to-get-it-on-for-four-full-quarters kinda game.

Let's be real, if not for an Atlanta last second come-from-behind win, the Seahawks and 49ers would have played in the NFC Title Game a season ago.  Now, these two NFC West Rivals will face each other for a third time this season with the rubber match winner going to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Man, this one gets me all fired up! This game will be physical, nasty, and fun.  FOX and CBS could both very well receive record ratings for NFC Championship Games this weekend.

The AFC Title Game kicks off first at 2PM, followed by the grudge match between the Hawks and Niners.  Both venues are two of the best in the league and there are enough story lines in these games to last an entire season.

Two older future Hall of Fame QB's will say all the right things this week and come across as class-act gentlemen.  But deep down inside, you've got to wonder if Manning and Brady have a picture of each other hanging on a mirror so they can remind each other of how bad they want to win.  You know, kind of like Apollo Creed did when he had that picture of Balboa on his bathroom mirror in Rocky II!

The other game, with two younger QB's that are both off to Hall of Fame starts in the NFL, will be no backseat match-up to the first game that pits great QB's against one another.  

Sure, Colin has struggled, but he is the starting QB on a team that is making their third straight appearance in the NFC Title Game, and he has been the starter in the last two.  Colin Kaepernick has been Montana-like in the post season with a 4-1 record.  And with a win Sunday, he can take the 49ers back to the Super Bowl as well.  

And of course, there is the soft-spoken Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who reminds many of us of a younger version of Drew Brees. Wilson upped his playoff record to 2-1 with a 23-15 win over the Saints last week, and the second year starter from Wisconsin has an impressive overall record of 26-9 in two years as a starting QB.  

For those of you who are interested in the numbers, currently Seattle is a 3.5 point favorite over San Francisco, with the total set very low at 40 while the Broncos start off as a 4.5 home favorite over New England with the total set high at 55.    

So my advice to you is make a list of things you want to snack on, cook, ea,t and drink, so you can focus on what looks like two very good NFL Championship Games!

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01/15/2014 1:08PM
Deke: Four great teams make for exciting Conference football
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01/15/2014 4:00PM
I personally will not be pulling for either NFC teams as their cocky coaches make me want to vomit! The who dat nation should have been traveling to SFO this weekend if we had not given the game to Seattle. Go Manning!
01/18/2014 7:02PM
Is there a possibility of a tie in the superbowl?
If they go into overtime and the score is still tied after the clock hits zero what happens? Do they continue to play until they have a champion?
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