The final four of the 2015 NFL playoffs is officially set. The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, with kickoff scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT. The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game, with kickoff scheduled for 3:40 p.m. PT.
The Seahawks quickly opened as a 7.5-point favorite, but the line has come down to a touchdown. I don't expect it to change much, but it will be interesting to see if the week's injury report impacts things much. Aaron Rodgers played this week in spite of a calf strain, and we know he'll be playing again this week. Even if he is dealing with any pain, a quick shot will ease that up on game day. The Seahawks pulled away from Carolina late in the game on Saturday, so we'll see if the Packers can give them a tougher fight. I'm not holding my breath for that, but I know I'll be rooting for the Packers.
The Patriots are currently installed as a touchdown favorite over the Colts. The Patriots won a wild one over Baltimore on Saturday, while the Colts upset Denver with a surprisingly low amount of difficulty. Peyton Manning was clearly off his game, and the Colts took advantage. The NFL might have wanted to see a Brady-Manning conference title game, but I don't think anybody is disappointed in an Andrew Luck-Tom Brady matchup. Everyone loves a good "master vs. student" matchup. I'll be rooting for the Colts in this one.
One interesting note to keep in mind heading into these games. Of the last ten Super Bowl participants, eight won their divisional round game on Saturday. That's a small sample size, but it is an interesting record for the team with the extra day of rest. That would apply to the Seahawks and Patriots. We'll see if it holds up.