We finally have our two Super Bowl representatives.
After a grueling battle versus the Baltimore Ravens that saw the game decided by a missed 32-yard field goal to tie it up, the New England Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl by winning the AFC Championship Game 23-20.
Likewise, the New York Giants went through their own battle with the San Francisco 49ers for the opportunity to represent the NFC side in the Super Bowl two weeks from now. The Giants were able to escape with a 20-17 victory in overtime, after having taken advantage of a fumble on a punt return by the 49ers.
It's a rematch of Super Bowl 42 all over again. The story lines are set in stone. You'll hear all about the Patriots in their quest to exact revenge upon the Giants for ending their chance at an undefeated season at the conclusion of the 2007 season.
You'll hear about Tom Brady's chance at winning a fourth Super Bowl ring in his fifth appearance in the big stage. You'll hear about Eli Manning's opportunity to exceed the amount of championships his brother Peyton has.
However, there are many reasons why we are witnessing a rematch of Super Bowl 42 four years later.
Here are eight lessons learned from conference championship weekend.