Sports Kings NFL Championship Weekend Show January 22, 2017

22Jan

MeanGene "The Sports Machine" and Fox Sports Charlotte Analyst and Sports Kings Contributor Dustin Phifer

SB Nation Radio

NFL Championship Show

Championship Sunday begins with the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons in the final NFL game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated Seattle 36-20 in the Divisional round and the Packers knocked off the top-seeded Cowboys 34-31. The teams met in Week 8 (October 30, 2016) with the Falcons notching a 33-32 victory.​ 

The AFC Championship Game will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, the fifth postseason meeting between the clubs and the third in a row that will occur in the AFC Championship Game. In the Divisional Playoffs, the Steelers knocked off the Chiefs 18-16 and the Patriots defeated the Texans 34-16. 

  • This is the fourth postseason meeting between the teams and the first since the 2010 season. Green Bay has won two of the previous three playoff meetings, including a 48-21 win over Atlanta on January 15, 2011.
  • This is the fifth postseason meeting between the teams and the third in a row that will occur in the AFC Championship Game. New England has won three of the four playoff meetings against Pittsburgh, including the past two to advance to the Super Bowl. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27 in the 2004 AFC Championship Game (January 23, 2005) and 24-17 in the 2001 AFC Championship Game (January 27, 2002). New England won the Super Bowl both of those years.

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