NFL Playoffs 2011: The 25 Best Conference Championship Games of All Time

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NFL Playoffs 2011: The 25 Best Conference Championship Games of All Time
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The Catch. The Fumble. The Drive.

The Ice Bowl. The Mud Bowl. The Freezer Bowl.

These games and moments conjure agony and ecstasy in diehard football fans, and they all took place during conference championship weekend, which is said to be the last "true" weekend of football until kickoff weekend the following September. Some moments and games that occur during championship weekend will be remembered for a generation and documented repeatedly for a lifetime.

As a follow-up to my article on the 50 best NFL Divisional Round playoff games of all time, here are the 25 best conference championship games in NFL history. We'll keep the same format, with summaries, did-you-know facts, box scores and video evidence. This time, I'm ranking them from No. 25 down to No. 1.

For the record, even though conferences have been in existence since 1970 when the NFL and AFL officially merged, I considered NFL and AFL championship games between 1966-1969 for the list since they acted as conference championship games for all intents and purposes prior to Super Bowls I through IV.

Also, would this list have any credibility without the Ice Bowl? Of course not.

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