NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: Stars That Will Shine in Conference Championships

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NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: Stars That Will Shine in Conference Championships
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The NFL's final four is set, and both the AFC and NFC title games have intriguing story lines. We stand just one step away from an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl as well.

If the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens come out victorious, the Harbaugh family will be at the center of the NFL universe during the hype for the big game.

John and Jim Harbaugh would be the first brothers to meet in the Super Bowl.

As intriguing as that could be, and as great as it would be to see Ray Lewis extend his career another game, I'm sticking to my prediction for a New England Patriots-49ers meeting in the Big Easy.

That said, here's the remaining NFL playoff schedule and a look at the stars that will shine in the conference title games.

 

AFC Championship

No. 4 Baltimore Ravens at No. 2 New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium, 6:30 p.m. ET, CBS, Sunday, January 20

 

NFC Championship

No. 2 San Francisco 49ers at No. 1 Atlanta Falcons

Georgia Dome, 3 p.m. ET, FOX, Sunday, January 20

 

Super Bowl XLVII

AFC champion vs. NFC champion

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, February 3

 

Colin Kaepernick Will Continue to Prove Jim Harbaugh Made Right Decision

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Kaepernick's performance against the Green Bay Packers was awfully good.

The bandwagon Niners' fans I've encountered playing online games of Madden 13 haven't been as good controlling Kaep.

He had 444 total yards against the Pack, and he's ready to deliver another solid performance against the Atlanta Falcons. 

Atlanta had an issue containing Russell Wilson in the second half; Mike Smith will be pulling his white hair out trying to stop Kaepernick. The Niners have more weapons, and Kaepernick is even more athletic than the dynamic Seahawks rookie.

After Kaepernick leads the Niners to the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh's decision to bench Alex Smith will still stink, but it will be obvious that it was the right thing to do.

 

Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley Will Prove To Be a Consistent Weapon For the Pats

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Danny Woodhead went out with an injury, but based on the performances of Ridley and Vereen against the Texans, the Pats will be fine without him.

They combined to account for four touchdowns in the Patriots' win. Two of those four scores came on the ground.

The Ravens have struggled to stop the run all season, and they have given up an average of 138.5 yards per game on the ground in the playoffs.

Expect to see the Patriots pound the Ravens with Vereen and Ridley en route to a Super Bowl berth.

 

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