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Time to root for the Patriots: Conference Championship schedule and how to watch

Let’s go Patriots! Plus, the information you need to watch the Conference Championship games.

It’s time to shift our hopes to something that sounds very strange, in theory. It’s time to root for the Patriots.

Today, less than 12 hours after the fire alarm was pulled at the Steelers’ hotel in Boston (they weren’t evacuated, not everyone was even awakened and the Patriots fan who did it was arrested), the Steelers will take on the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. To me, the idea of the Steelers returning to the Super Bowl and Steelers fans being able to brag about that is a nightmare. We cannot allow that to happen. Problem is, we have nearly no say in whether that happens. We simply need the Patriots to put more points on the board than the Steelers. So, let’s put our energy into rooting for the Patriots. Go Patriots!

But before that AFC Championship game, we’ll have the NFC Championship game to watch, which should be a pretty exciting game. The Falcons have won five straight enroute to the Conference Championship game and in those games, the fewest points they've scored was 33, against the Panthers, a division rival. The Falcons have been putting up crazy high point totals on a very consistent basis and we should expect the same this week. The Packers aren't too different. They've won eight in a row to get to where they are after a bad mid-season stretch that had many wondering if Aaron Rodgers had lost his touch... He hasn't and is still the game's best quarterback. The Packers haven't been scoring at quite the rate of the Falcons, but have come close in many of their recent games. That’s why the NFC Championship game has a crazy-high over/under of 61.5, set by Bovada. If you like exciting offensive games, this should be the game for you.

Also, let’s go Mohamed Sanu! He scored the game-sealing touchdown in the Falcons’ win over the Seahawks last week and has been a big piece of Atlanta’s offense.

Final words: Go Sanu, go Patriots, boo Steelers!

No. 4 Green Bay (10-6) at No. 2 Atlanta (11-5)

When: Sunday, Jan. 22

Game Time: 3:05 p.m. ET

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia


Radio: Find your station here

*Line: Falcons -5.5

No. 3 Pittsburgh (11-5) at No. 1 New England (14-2)

When: Sunday, Jan. 22

Game Time: 6:40 p.m. ET

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts


Radio: Find your station here

Line: Patriots -4.5

*Odds via Bovada.