AFC and NFC Championship Previews 1/19/14
By the end of the day we will know which teams will be taking part in the Super Bowl.
In the opening contest the Broncos are playing host to the Patriots in the AFC title game. They met back on Nov. 24 with the Patriots coming out on top 34-31. Tom Brady had a much better game than Peyton Manning did, outgunning the Denver quarterback for 344 yards and three touchdowns. Manning had just 150 yards passing and two scores. The Patriots trailed in the game 24-0 before scoring the next 31 points. Manning then threw his second score to tie the game at 31 before Stephen Gostkowski booted the game-winning 31-yard field goal.
Much has been made about the rivalry between the two quarterbacks and so far Brady has gotten the better of the series. Manning and Brady have squared off 14 times with the New England signal-caller coming out on top 10 times. Brady has won three Super Bowls while Manning has just one, while with Indianapolis.
Today's second game has San Francisco playing at Seattle. This is the third time these NFC West teams have met this season. The Seahawks won the first meeting 29-3 while the Niners came back in the second game 19-17. This game features two young quarterbacks in Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) of the 49ers.
The coaching matchup goes back to college when Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers coached at Stanford and Pete Carroll of the Seahawks was at Southern Cal. From all indications they are not the best of friends. Since taking over the Niners Harbaugh has built a consistent winner as this is the team's third straight appearance in the NFC championship game. That said, the Seahawks have dominated play between the two teams in games played in Seattle, losing by the combined score of 71-16.