The Most Iconic Images from the NFL's Conference Championships

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The Most Iconic Images from the NFL's Conference Championships
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The stage is finally set for Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Denver Broncos will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks.

Peyton Manning showed everyone he can step up in big games after throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The Broncos defense stepped up as well, frustrating Tom Brady and holding the Patriots to just 320 total yards.

The Seahawks played in a thriller against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, winning 23-17. In just his second professional season, Russell Wilson threw for 215 yards and a 35-yard go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown to lead his team to the grandest stage of them all.

Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the league's best offense against the league's best defense, not to mention a quarterback legend against an emerging star. Will Manning cement his legacy as the greatest ever with his second Super Bowl ring, or will Wilson and the NFL's most ferocious defense become legends in Seattle?

With just one game remaining in the NFL season, let's take a look at some of the most memorable pictures from Championship Sunday. Each image encompasses an aspect from each contest that resonated the most with fans and made a big impact on the overall tone of the matchup.

These photos provide fans with another perspective of each team's journey from Championship Sunday from the opening snap to the final whistle and beyond. 

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