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As usual, there is no shortage of top-tier talent on both sidelines of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. The Broncos will bring their high-flying offense to the party, while the Seahawks' shutdown defense will get a boost from Seattle's 12th Man fan base. The Patriots bring not only a Hall of Fame quarterback but also a Hall of Fame coach. And the 49ers certainly aren't lacking in any of the aforementioned areas. How do all of these talented units stack up? Click the images below to submit your rankings.
Rank: Conference Championship Units
Pictured: Colin Kaepernick
Pictured: Patrick Willis
Pictured: Jim Harbaugh
Pictured: Peyton Manning
Pictured: Wesley Woodyard (left) and Danny Trevathan (right)
Pictured: John Fox
Pictured: Tom Brady
Pictured: Rob Ninkovich
Pictured: Bill Belichick
Pictured: Russell Wilson
Pictured: Richard Sherman
Pictured: Pete Carroll
AFC Championship Game
And so they meet again. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will face off once more in the AFC Championship Game, this time with Manning wearing a Broncos jersey. Brady owns the overall rivalry with a 10-4 record against Manning, although the two have split AFC title games with New England winning in 2003 and Manning's Colts advancing to the Super Bowl in 2006. Which team will come out on top this season? Will the Patriots be in Manning's head after their unbelievable comeback in Week 12 to defeat the Broncos in overtime?
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Conference Championship Pick 'Em
The conference championship matchups are set and we couldn't have asked for anything better. A rematch of a rematch between Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson? Another chapter of Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady? Any of the potential Super Bowl matchups would be spectacular, but which would you most like to see?
NFL Divisional Round Pick 'Em!
And then there were eight. With the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles all falling at home and the Kansas City Chiefs losing a heartbreaker on the road, the matchups are set for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. And all but one is a rematch, with the San Francisco 49ers (at Carolina Panthers), New Orleans Saints (at Seattle Seahawks) and Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers) getting a chance to avenge mid- to late-season losses. In the other, a recent playoff rivalry gets rekindled: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots. Which teams will emerge victorious? What are your conference and Super Bowl picks?
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One weekend down, four teams out of the NFL playoffs. Gone are three division champions and a strong wild-card team. How do the final eight squads rank? Did any of the wild-card-round winners move up or down? Click on the images below to set your list!
NFL playoff teams
12-4, 2nd in NFC West
13-3, 1st in AFC West
9-7, 3rd in AFC West
11-5, 1st in AFC South
12-4, 1st in NFC South
12-4, 1st in AFC East
11-5, 2nd in NFC South
13-3, 1st in NFC West
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