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NFL Playoff Schedule 2014: Viewing Info for Conference Championship Games

Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2014

The 2014 NFL Conference Championship Games kick off in a matter of hours, with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos starting Sunday's action at Mile High Stadium. 

The two AFC foes are set to face off at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. A few hours later, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will battle on the NFC side of the bracket, with kickoff slated for just after 6:30 p.m. ET. 

Here is the complete viewing info for Sunday's epic matchups. 

2014 NFL Conference Championship Schedule
DateTime (ET)MatchupNetwork
Sun, Jan. 193 p.m.(2) New England vs. (1) DenverCBS
Sun, Jan. 196:30 p.m.(5) San Francisco vs. (1) SeattleFox

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If you're out of luck in the TV department, you can check out live streams of the games online. CBS Sports will have the live feed for Denver-New England, and Seattle-San Francisco is available through Fox Sports Go.  

For announcers, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will have the call for the AFC title game, while Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will man the NFC side. 

 

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(2) New England vs. (1) Denver

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Image
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While future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning headline this matchup, the running backs for each team may end up being the difference makers. 

After limited action throughout much of the season, fourth-year man LaGarrette Blount has exploded onto the scene for the Patriots in recent weeks. Blount has scored at least two touchdowns in each of the last three games—all Patriot victories. 

Following a 189-yard, two-touchdown performance in the season finale against Buffalo, Blount delivered an even more impressive showing in New England's first playoff game. With a trip to the AFC title game on the line, Blount ripped off 166 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts, propelling his team into Sunday's showdown in Denver. 

On the other side of the field will be Knowshon Moreno, who terrorized the Patriots in their first matchup. 

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Ed
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The fifth-year man out of Georgia carried the ball 37 times for a ridiculous 224 yards. He also rushed for one touchdown. 

Like Blount, Moreno also had a strong showing in his lone playoff game this season. Moreno had 24 touches for 94 total yards and a touchdown in Denver's 24-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. 

Although neither man will be the most famous player in his own backfield, don't be surprised if Blount and Moreno sway the outcome of Sunday's game. 

 

(5) San Francisco vs. (1) Seattle

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The 49ers defeat
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San Francisco is looking to advance to their second consecutive Super Bowl, but they won't be able to do so without a strong performance from tight end Vernon Davis

Davis was Colin Kaepernick's most dangerous weapon this season, catching 13 touchdown passes (third in NFL) and racking up 16.3 yards per reception. However, he was shut down by the Seahawks in their first meeting (three catches for 21 yards), and he wasn't much better in the rematch (two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown). 

For the 49ers to win on Sunday, they will need their big tight end to make more of an impact. And given Seattle's annihilation of Jimmy Graham last week (one catch for eight yards), I don't love his chances. 

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks pushes back strong safety Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter while taking on the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Ce
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On the other side, Seattle desperately needs Russell Wilson to step his game up. 

The young quarterback has been subpar in recent weeks, averaging just 157.6 passing yards in his last five games. During that same stretch, he had as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns and completed just 56.7 percent of his passes. 

Thanks to his strong defense and the presence of Marshawn Lynch, Wilson doesn't have to be spectacular on Sunday. But if he doesn't play better than he has recently, the Seahawks will have no shot of beating the 49ers. 

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