Next weekend is Conference Championship Sunday in the National Football League, which means this season only has three meaningful football games remaining. Two of them will take place this Sunday.
This year, it’s the NFC’s turn to go first, so the NFC Championship Game will be kicking off at right around 2:00 PM Central time on FOX. This game will be the final game in the history of the Georgia Dome, with the home team moving into Mercedes-Benz Stadium next season. Yes, the Atlanta Falcons await the Green Bay Packers, with the winner advancing to Super Bowl 51. Atlanta had a first-round bye as the NFC’s #2 seed, while Green Bay has defeated the New York Football Giants and the Dallas Cowboys the past two weeks.
As it stands now, the Falcons are a four-point favorite in this one, and I believe that the over/under has been set at approximately 106. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. . .it’s anywhere from 59.5 to 60.5, depending on where you look. Those are still ridiculously high, and it’s still probably a good idea to play the over.
For entertainment purposes only, of course.
Oh, and we don’t ask for much from the football gods, but if they could see clear to helping the Falcons close the Georgia Dome with a victory. . .well, that would be just swell.
That will be followed at 5:40 PM Central time on CBS by the AFC Championship Game. As seems to be the case more often than not, the road to the Super Bowl runs through Foxborough, Massachusetts. The top-seeded New England Patriots will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers to see who will go to the Super Bowl.
New England had a first-round bye, and then made easy work of the Houston Texans to make it here. Pittsburgh started their post-season by blowing out the Miami Dolphins, and then defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by adapting a Vikings-esque “sure, we’ll just kick field goals” offense, as they had six of them in their 18-16 victory.
Tom Brady and company have been installed as a six-point favorite in this one, and the over/under has been set anywhere from 50.5 to 51.5, depending on your source.
Super Bowl LI will be taking place in Houston on 5 February, and will be shown on FOX, so it might be advisable to take the time to learn how to get your DVR to sync up with a radio feed from somewhere. . .anywhere. . .else.