We are now one step closer to the Super Bowl. On both sides, each conference boasts the two best teams remaining. The Rams led by the young offensive-minded Sean McVay take on the youthful, yet experienced Saints. Gunslinger Patrick Mahomes leads his Chiefs into battle against the grizzled veteran Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s AFC and NFC Conference Championship games.
Use this as your open thread to discuss today’s games.
Lost Angeles Rams (14-3) at New Orleans Saints (14-3)
Game time: 3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Channel: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Radio: WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ed Werder | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Min), 82 (Phi) | XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Min), 82 (Phi)
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Odds: Saints -3.5
The two heavyweights of the NFC meet again, this time the stage is the NFC Championship. In their first meeting the Saints bested the Rams 45-35 in a Week 9 shootout. Now the Rams are looking for revenge on their way to a Super Bowl.
Last week the Rams dominated the Cowboys on the ground with two 100-yard rushers in Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson. Defeating Dallas 30-22, the Rams set a post season franchise record for net offensive yards with 459.
New Orleans narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter. Receiver Michael Thomas had a remarkable 12 receptions, 171 yard performance in the 20-14 victory.
New England Patriots (12-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (13-4)
Game time: 6:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely, Gene Steratore
Radio: WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli, Ross Tucker | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (NE), 83 (KC) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NE), 225 (KC)
Referee: Clete Blakeman
Odds: Chiefs -3
The second game on Sunday features two teams who dismantled their Divisional round opponents. After beating the Chargers 41-28, the Patriots are playing in their eighth consecutive AFC Championship game. Last weekend, rookie running back Sony Michel ran for an unprecedented 129 yards and three scores. Fellow back mate James White hauled in 15 receptions, tying Darren Sproles’s post season record for catches in a game.
Kansas City mustered an electric offensive performance against the Colts, despite Mahomes not throwing a touchdown. In a 31-13 win, the Chiefs defense, led by Chris Jones, kept opposing quarterback Andrew Luck in check.