Four teams. That's all that remains in the NFL playoffs, as eight teams have seen their season end in the postseason and another 20 teams saw their season end without even making the playoffs. Only four teams are still in the running for the Super Bowl, and this weekend the AFC and NFC Championship games will be played.
The first game this year is the NFC Championship game, and it will be played on Sunday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET. (being broadcast on FOX). The game will feature the Green Bay Packers, the number two overall seed in the NFC playoffs and the NFC North champions, on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, the winners of the NFC West and the number one overall seed.
The second game on Sunday will be the AFC Championship game, which is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Indianapolis Colts, the AFC South division champions and the fourth overall seed in the AFC playoffs, will travel to New England to face the Patriots, the number one overall seed and the AFC East champions.
Interestingly, of these four teams, at least one of them has participated in ten of the last thirteen Super Bowls. The only one of the four starting quarterbacks this weekend without a Super Bowl ring is Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck - but he's only in his third year after being the first overall pick (meaning he went to the worst team). Maybe craziest of all, however, is that the Patriots are actually the team with the longest Super Bowl win drought of any of the four teams playing this weekend.
It should be a great weekend of football, as the two winners of the championship games will meet on February 1 in Arizona for the Super Bowl.