Championship Sunday 2014

Four teams remain on the road to Super Bowl XVIII.  This last bend to the big game will be a couple of good games—really good games.  I think that the four most talented teams made it to Championship Sunday.  Seeing the best against the best is enough for the conference championship, but we get the bonus of watching rivalries that are getting deeper after each play.

A few things to know about each game:

AFC Championship Game
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
3 pm ET on CBS

– The battle between quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England #12) and Peyton Manning (Denver #18) has been nicknamed “War of 1812.”  I think that demonstrates the competition between the two.

– The quarterbacks have played against each other 14 times and Brady has won 10 of those games.

– In their last meeting during the regular season, the Patriots came back and won 43-31 after trailing 24-0 at half-time

– Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker played for the New England Patriots.

– Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the divisional games against the Indianapolis Colts

I picked Denver to go to the Super Bowl and I am standing by that prediction.

NFC Championship
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
6:30 pm ET on FOX

– This is a division (NFC West) rivalry

– Head coaches Jim Harbaugh (49ers) and Pete Carroll (Seahawks) coached against each other in college.  While Harbaugh was at Stanford and Carroll was at USC, they met three times.  Harbaugh won two of those games.

– Harbaugh is 4-2 against Carroll in the pros

– Seahawks’ defense is ranked No. 1 in both interceptions and pass yards allowed

– 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is back and the team is 7-0 when he plays

– Seattle fans are notorious for being raucous.  Their actions give the home team such an advantage they are collectively called the 12th man

– Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is 15-1 at home

– San Francisco has won 3 playoff games on the road with quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a starter.

This game will be close, but I am going to stick with the 49ers.

These match-ups are intense during the regular season.  With the Super Bowl on the line, the passion and emotion will be amplified!

Get in the game!
@MzGridiron

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Shavannia Williams

Shavannia is the founder of Heels & Helmets and editor of its e-magazine, heelsandhelmets.com. She also writes the football column, Gridiron, for the e-magazine. A sports marketing professional with over 13 years of experience, Ms. Williams has worked with the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA. As the owner of a marketing firm, Shavannia’s client roster includes: DC Women’s Business Center, NFL Players and United Way NFL Partnership. Her love for football began at The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she worked for Michigan Football and received her B.A. in Sport Management and Communication. She is excited to bring talented women together to provide a resource to help other ladies “join the conversation at the office” and enhance their business relationships. Follow her on twitter @MzGridiron.
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