The second round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs is over and four teams are left. It's time for the Championship round.
The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are scheduled to face off in the NFC Championship game. Seattle didn't have too much difficult beating the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional round after having a bye on Wild Card weekend. The Packers, meanwhile, struggled against a Dallas Cowboys team and might have lost had not Dez Bryant's catch been overturned. Aaron Rodgers started slow for Green Bay but finished strong when it counted.
The Seahawks already defeated the Packers in Seattle during the 2014 NFL regular season opener. The game wasn't really close, either: Seattle won by a final score of 36 to 16. The Seahawks only suffered one loss at home in 2014 while the Packers finished with a 4-4 record in road games. Green Bay's four road wins came over teams that didn't make the playoffs: the Buccaneers, the Vikings, the Dolphins, and the Bears. The Seahawks will provide a much tougher test than those teams.
After the NFC winner is crowned, the focus will shift to the AFC Championship game. The Indianapolis Colts will go up against the No. 1 seeded Patriots in New England. The Patriots battled back from a deficit to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional round while the Colts were able to beat the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots and Colts played in New England last year during the divisional round. New England won that game by a final score of 43 to 22. The Patriots also beat the Colts in Indianapolis during Week 11 of the 2014 regular season. That game finished with a final score of 42 to 20. The Colts will have their work cut out for them since Tom Brady and the Patriots are really hard to beat in Foxborough.
The winners of the NFC and AFC Championship games will advance to Super Bowl XLIX.
Who will Eagles fans be rooting for? I'm not sure Philadelphia fans will have much of a strong rooting interest in the NFC Championship but I do think they would like to see the Patriots lose.
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Championship Round 2015
Teams: (1) Seattle Seahawks versus (2) Green Bay Packers
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Game time: 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 18
AFC Championship Game Information:
Teams: (1) New England Patriots versus (4) Indianapolis Colts
Location: Gillete Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Game time: 6:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 18
Super Bowl XLIX
Sunday, February 1
NFC champion versus AFC champion (NBC, 6:30 p.m.)