We looked at some of the strategic elements to watch for in the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Now let’s break down some things to watch in the NFC championship game:
The NFC championship is quite a mismatch. The Atlanta Falcons are playing as well as they have all season. For much of their existence, the Falcons were burdened with cartoonish ownership, laughable draft picks and horrific personnel moves such as trading away a strong-armed young quarterback in the early 1990s.
The Oakland Raiders filed relocation paperwork to move to Las Vegas on Thursday, setting in motion the process to become the third NFL team since January 2016 to change markets. The proposal comes one week after the Chargers announced their decision to relocate from San Diego to Los Angeles, one year removed from the Rams moving to L.A. from St. Louis. - - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a two-year old injury.
The Green Bay Packers' blueprint to slow down Atlanta in the NFC championship game focuses on turning the high-octane Falcons into a one-dimensional offense. It's tough enough to contain All-Pros Matt Ryan and Julio Jones with a healthy defense. Linebacker Clay Matthews is eager to take on the next test when the Packers visit the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings could look a lot different next season if they decide to move on from Adrian Peterson. Peterson has an unwieldy salary-cap number and could be a victim of cost coming off an injury-decimated season and set to turn 32 in March. A lot has to take place,” Peterson said on Thursday.
We’re down to four teams left in the playoffs, and it’s time to look at the possible matchups and strategic points to watch in each of the conference championship games.
Jordy Nelson is slowly making his way back from broken ribs, though the Green Bay Packers' top receiver is far from sure about his chances of playing in the NFC championship game in Atlanta. Nelson returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing last week's win against Dallas. Coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the day that Nelson would focus on rehab work.
Matt Ryan will be playing for more than a Super Bowl berth on Sunday as his performance in the NFC Championship will go a long way in determining if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback can be rated among the game's greats. The other three quarterbacks competing in Sunday's two NFL conference championships -- New England's Tom Brady, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger -- all possess undisputed Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials.
By Steve Keating Jan 18 (Reuters) - Matt Ryan will be playing for more than a Super Bowl berth on Sunday as his performance in the NFC Championship will go a long way in determining if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback can be rated among the game's greats. The other three quarterbacks competing in Sunday's two NFL conference championships -- New England's Tom Brady, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger -- all possess undisputed Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Matt Ryan knew the question was coming.

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