AFC, NFC Championship Games: Who Are This Weekend's Most Important Players?

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AFC, NFC Championship Games: Who Are This Weekend's Most Important Players?
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This upcoming Championship Sunday is the best in recent memory, with New England at Denver and San Francisco at Seattle. The games are rife with drama, storylines and star power.

It will be an epic day of football.

There's little doubt that the quarterbacks will all play significant roles. Everyone knows about the greatness of New England's Tom Brady and Denver's Peyton Manning, and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson have already experienced playoff success in their young careers.

But outside of the signal-callers, there are a number of players who will be extremely vital to their respective team's performance. Just think about some of the heroes of the last few title games in both conferences.

Last year, Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin was fantastic in helping his team upset the Patriots. In 2012, Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams forced a pair of special-teams fumbles that helped Big Blue earn a trip to Super Bowl XLVI. 

You already know that Brady, Manning, Kaepernick and Wilson will perform. But what about everyone else? Which players loom large as a game-changing force?

Here are this weekend's most important players for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.

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