NFL Playoff Predictions 2014: Breaking Down AFC and NFC Championships

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NFL Playoff Predictions 2014: Breaking Down AFC and NFC Championships
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We knew the day and times, and now we know the teams.

If NFL fans could have voted for which teams would meet in the AFC and NFC Championship Games, these two matchups would have won in a landslide.

In the NFC, we have the game's best team rivalry: the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Two deep, complete, physical division foes who legitimately can't stand each other, from the coaches to the players to the fans.

Whichever of these two dominant squads wins the Super Bowl first will likely be remembered by history as the better team.

In the AFC, we have the game's best player rivalry: Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. The two preeminent quarterbacks of the 2000s have met 14 times overall, three times in the playoffs, and twice in the AFC Championship Game.

Though Brady has a reputation of being clutch in the playoffs, and Manning a choker, they've split the two conference championships against each other. Both closer to age 40 than age 30, they may not meet again—and this game could be a deciding final chapter to their two careers.

NFL fans couldn't have asked for a more compelling Sunday of football, and Bleacher Report has a complete guide to the matchups ready for you.

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