NFL Playoff Schedule: Why Conference Championship Weekend Is Must-Watch Football

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after they beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Only four teams remain alive in the NFL playoffs, but only two can advance to Super Bowl XLVI. 

These four games have, by far, accomplished the most out of every single team in the league, but two of those teams will be spent packing by the end of today's conference championships. 

All of their hard work will have gone to waste and they'll simply have to start looking towards next season, the 2012 NFL season. 

That is what makes the NFL the greatest league in the world—and that is why the NFL's conference championship weekend is must-watch football. 

Starting at 3 p.m., we have the AFC's top two seeds squaring off at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. with the Baltimore Ravens paying a visit to the New England Patriots. 

These are two teams that are practically polar-opposites—Baltimore has one of the league's most dominant defenses while New England is powered by Tom Brady's arm and their high-flying offense. 

By the end of the AFC Championship Game, we'll not only find out who's the best team in the AFC, but what really matters the most at this stage of the NFL's illustrious history: a dominant defense or a high-powered offense. 

For the NFC, their conference championship kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers playing host to the No. 4 seed New York Giants.

This is one hell of a matchup as we have a first-year coach in Jim Harbaugh leading his team to a conference championship while New York's Tom Coughlin was playing for a job just a month ago and now on the verge of appearing in his second Super Bowl in four seasons. 

No matter what happens Sunday, no matter who wins and no matter who loses—it will be must-watch football. 

Hell, forget it being labeled as "must-watch football," let's call it must-watch television—it's the National Football League we're talking about, the world's greatest sport. 


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