The 2015 NFL playoffs are just about coming to a close. We have reached the final four weekend, featuring the NFC and AFC Championship Games. Both games kick off on Sunday, with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers getting it going at 12:05 p.m. PT. That is followed by the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts kicking off at 3:40 p.m. PT. The winners advance to square off in Glendale, Arizona at Super Bowl 49. We were hoping the 49ers would get their chance to represent at No. 49, but alas, we get drama instead!
I think we have a shot at two great matchups on Sunday. In the divisional round we had two good matchups, and two sort of blah matchups. The Patriots win over the Ravens, and the Packers win over the Cowboys both came down to late in the fourth quarter. The Colts and Seahawks both won, and neither game was really not overly in doubt. The Panthers hung close early, but Seattle pulled away in the fourth quarter. The Colts jumped on top of the Broncos in the second quarter, and never really let up.
And so we now have Packers-Seahawks and Colts-Patriots. I do think both will be plenty competitive, but I also think we end up with a Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl. That obviously means someone will spring a fairly big road upset this weekend, but this just seems like a chalk matchup waiting to happen. While I don't like the Seahawks, I really think virtually any matchup would make for a fun Super Bowl. Your options are Seahawks-Patriots, Packers-Patriots, Seahawks-Colts, Packers-Colts. Those are four potentially very interesting football games. While I prefer to not have to deal with Seahawks trash talk if they win a second consecutive Super Bowl, for pure entertainment purposes, I could enjoy any of those matchups.
Packers vs. Seahawks
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
When: 12:05 p.m. PT
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Radio: Packers Radio Network, Seahawks Radio Network
Online streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile
Odds: The Seahawks are 7.5-point favorites according to OddsShark.
Packers blog: Acme Packing Company
Seahawks blog: Field Gulls
Colts vs. Patriots
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
When: 6:40 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: Patriots Radio Network | Colts Radio Network
Online Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile | CBS Sports
Odds: The Patriots opened up as 7-point favorites on most books, according to OddsShark.
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit
Colts blog: Stampede Blue