NFL Conference Championship 2014: Previewing Weekend's Biggest X-Factors

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NFL Conference Championship 2014: Previewing Weekend's Biggest X-Factors
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The NFL divisional round was a bit of a snoozefest compared to Wild Card Weekend, but there were still plenty of playoff heroes.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick assumed Superman's mantle, and San Diego's Philip Rivers was nearly Captain Boomerang to Peyton Manning's Flash. 

OK, so that was a terrible reference. Probably should have gone with an X-Factor mutant one.

The big names had help, like Ahmad Brooks for the 49ers and LeGarrette Blount for the Patriots. Who will be the difference-makers in this weekend's battle royales?

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