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NFL Championship Sunday on WKEI

It's  championship Sunday in the NFL with two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks 
going head-to-head in the AFC and then a pair of stellar defenses taking stage 
in the NFC. 


The  AFC Championship  Game comes first from Denver where Peyton Manning leads 
the  Broncos against  Tom Brady and the  New England Patriots. With a win, the 
Patriots  would earn  their eighth  trip to  the Super  Bowl, which  would tie 
Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most in NFL history. Brady has generally had the 
edge  in the personal rivalry historically, going 10-4 against Manning's Colts 
and  now  Broncos, including a triumph  earlier this season when Denver jumped 
out  to a  24-0 halftime  lead before  New England  stormed back  for a  34-31 
overtime  win in Foxborough. Sunday's contest also marks the fourth postseason 
meeting between the two superstars and the third AFC Championship Game matchup 
in  the last  11 years, dating back to  the 2003 AFC title tilt when Brady and 
Co. got the best of Manning's Colts 24-14 at Gillette Stadium. 


Football's  fiercest  rivalry takes center  stage in the NFC Championship Game 
when  the  San Francisco 49ers visit  the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners will be 
making  their third  straight appearance  in the  conference's title  tilt and 
their  15th overall  since 1970. This one  shapes up as one of San Francisco's 
most  difficult  to date, however.  The last two  times the 49ers have visited 
their  NFC West-rivals,  they've been  outscored by  a combined  71-16 margin. 
Seattle  is an  imposing 16-1  in front  of "The  12th Man"  since quarterback 
Russell  Wilson took over the team at the beginning of the 2012 season, a mark 
which includes a 23-15 win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round 
of  NFC playoffs last weekend. Colin Kaepernick has already led the 49ers to a 
pair  of road  playoff  wins in  the  last  two weeks  against  Green Bay  and 
Carolina.  Seattle  had the  No. 1  ranked defense  during the regular season, 
while San Francisco was fifth. 



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