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NFL Conference Championships Preview

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The GIST: After 17 seasons in the NFL, Indianapolis Colts quarterback (QB) Philip Rivers is retiring. Twenty-year vet and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn’t far off. Meanwhile, two of their old-timey contemporaries are just days away from the NFC Championship game. Guess you really are only as old as you feel.

January 21, 2021
Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

NFC Championship: Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers: The Bucs have two big things going for them this weekend: history — the last time they made it to the conference championship in 2003, they won the Super Bowl — and six-time Super Bowl champ QB Tom Brady (who’s competing in his record 14th conference championship, BTW) at the helm.

  • But they also have one major thing working against them: this year’s Super Bowl is being held in Tampa, and a home team has never competed in the Super Bowl. The Packers are banking on this — and their own Super Bowl-winning QB, Aaron Rodgers — to get them through.

AFC Championship: Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Considering their last AFC Championship appearance was in 1994, the Bills think the Bucs’ 18-year drought is cute. But they’re focusing on bigger things right now: namely, which QB will their top-notch defense face on Sunday?

  • KC QB and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes left last Sunday’s game with a concussion, leaving back-up Chad Henne to take over. Mahomes practiced yesterday, but given the nature of the injury, we’re not betting on him playing just yet.

The GIST’s Conference Championship

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