New England Patriots (12-4) at Denver Broncos (13-3)
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Nancy Wolfson
Line: Broncos -5.5, Over/Under 55
Seeds: No. 2 Patriots vs. No. 1 Broncos
About the Patriots: The Patriots overwhelmed the Colts in the divisional round, cruising to a 43-22 victory in Foxborough. Tom Brady did not throw for a touchdown, and was just 13-for-25 and 198 yards. LeGarrette Blount had a monster day, accounting for 166 yards and four touchdowns.
About the Broncos: The Broncos held off a comeback attempt by Philip Rivers and the Chargers to advance to the AFC Championship Game, 24-17. The Broncos held a 17-0 lead at the end of the third quarter. Peyton Manning was 25-for-36 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Quotable: “It’s the Broncos vs. the Patriots and certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot,” Peyton Manning said after Sunday’s win. “But when you get to the AFC Championship, it’s about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there.”
Prediction: Broncos 38-28
San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Line: Seahawks -3.5, Over/Under 39.5
Seeds: No. 5 49ers vs. No. 1 Seahawks
About the 49ers: The Niners beat the Panthers in Carolina, 23-10, to move to their second NFC Championship game in two years. Colin Kaepernick threw for one touchdown and ran for another. The 49ers allowed the Panthers running backs to gain just 39 yards rushing on the day.
About the Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Seahawks over the Saints, 23-15. It is just the second time in team history the Seahawks have reached the NFC Championship game, the other coming in the 2005-06 season. Russell Wilson was just 9-for-18 for 103 yards in the blustery conditions at CenturyLink Field.
Quotable: “I’ve never played scared,” Russell Wilson said. “I never have, and I never will.”
Prediction: Seahawks, 22-16