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Your Championship Sunday Schedule/Open Thread

Mike McGinnis

SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

We've got some good news and some bad news today, ladies and gentlemen. The good news is that today is one of the best days of the football year, as the NFL's final four will be narrowed down to two by the time we go to bed this evening.

The bad news is that, after today, we've got just one more meaningful football game between now and September, and we have to wait two extra weeks for it.

Yes, it's Championship Sunday in the National Football League, and both of the games today should be very, very good, as the teams with the two best records in each conference (not the two highest seeds, mind you, but the teams with the best records) battle it out to decide who will head to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on 2 February.

Things will kick off at 2:00 PM Central time from the Mile High City, as the Denver Broncos will play host to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. I'm not sure if you've heard or not, but I believe this is the 207th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. It's still super duper special, though.

The game will be televised on CBS and called by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Your official for the contest will be Tony Corrente. If you're looking for the game on satellite radio, you can get the Patriots call on XM 225/Sirius 92, the Broncos call on Sirius and XM 86, and the national feed from the Dial Global Radio Network on Sirius and XM 88.

The weather in Denver at kickoff time looks to be downright tropical for this time of year, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s under partly sunny skies and winds coming out of the west at 10-15 miles an hour. Weather definitely shouldn't play a factor in this one.

We then move on to the Emerald City for the second half of the double-header, which will be the rubber match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks from CenturyLink Field. Kickoff from Seattle is scheduled for approximately 5:30 PM Central time.

The game will be televised on FOX and called by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. The referee for that one will be Gene Steratore. On satellite radio, you can get the Niners feed on XM 225/Sirius 92, the Seahawks feed on Sirius and XM 86, and the Dial Global national feed again on Sirius and XM 88.

The forecast for Seattle looks to be pretty good as well, with temperatures in the mid-40s with partly sunny skies and very light wind. Weather shouldn't play a factor in this one either.

Pete Morelli is not officiating either of the games today, nor will he be officiating the Super Bowl, because Pete Morelli sucks at his job and should be fired.

You can stream both of these games online as well. The AFC Championship stream can be found on the CBS Sports website, while the NFC Championship stream can be found on the FOX Sports website through your local television provider.

If you're going to be watching the games this afternoon and evening, come on in and hang out with us for a while and talk about what's going on.