Many refer to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs as the best football weekend of the year. While it’s hard to argue against 4 games spread over two days featuring the 8 best teams, there’s no doubt in my mind that Championship Sunday will be the best football weekend of this season.
The 4 best teams made it to their respective conference championship games and that’s all you can ask for as a fan. From 3-10 pm on Sunday, it will be non-stop action featuring a cast of familiar characters. Two teams will punch their ticket to the Meadowlands and legacies will be defined.
Starting with Denver and New England, we are treated to another Manning/Brady battle. I think that fans appreciate the greatness of both quarterbacks and relish in the opportunity to watch them square off on the biggest stage. I know I do.
Each has their own storyline that’s becoming all too familiar. Manning is trying to prove that he is as good a QB in the postseason as he is during the regular season. After coming off the best statistical season in history, he is also trying to redeem himself after getting ousted at home in the playoffs last season.
On the other side, Brady is seeking his elusive 4th Super Bowl ring and wants to prove that he can win in this decade. Throw in the fact that Brady’s longtime target Wes Welker now receives passes from Manning and you’ve got a lot to talk about. Not to mention, the winner of the game advances to Super Bowl LVIII.
The late game is just as intriguing but for very different reasons. After the two veterans battle it out in the AFC Championship game, two of the games youngest and most prolific stars take center stage.
Russell Wilson has done everything right since getting drafted immediately after a punter in the 2012 Draft. He won the starting job in Seattle and since then, he has won the most games in the first two seasons in NFL history. Wilson is also 16-1 at home, where the NFC Championship game will be taking place on Sunday.
Kaepernick is no slouch though. He has accomplished a lot since taking over the starting job in San Francisco late last season, including a trip to the Super Bowl. Like Wilson, he’s a threat to run or pass on any given play. The Niners have also made it to the NFC Championship game for three straight seasons.
These two teams were a combined 25-7 and they split their two meetings during the regular season. Seattle is a tough place to play for any opponent but San Francisco appears to be hitting its stride at the right time. Kaepernick and the Niners are on an 8-game winning streak and they are playing with supreme confidence. It’s defense is also playing its best football right now and Arizona laid out the blueprint for how to beat Seattle at the Link.
Both games are going to be fantastic and like I said, Sunday will be the best day of this season. I don’t know who is going to win either game and I’m not even going to venture a guess. Both games figure to be decided by one score and no matter who advances to the Super Bowl, there will be plenty to talk about leading up to February 2nd.