It’s getting closer to the big day, the Super Bowl but today the best of each conference will face off in the AFC and NFC championship games.  Read more after the jump.

Shay Marie

First up is the NFC Championship game with the  San Francisco 49ers who will take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome at 3 PM airing nationally on FOX.

– In their last meeting the Falcons defeated the 49ers 16-14.  This game will be much tougher as the 49ers have Colin Kaepernick at quarterback and he’s coming off a record breaking game from last week.  The Falcons have already broken their playoff curse and are looking to continue on to the big game with one of the best WR tandems in Julio Jones and Roddy White and with the veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez.  49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is also coming off one of his best career games and hopefully the sexual assault case brought up this weekend doesn’t affect him.  Should be an interesting game.

Following that is the AFC Championship game with the Baltimore Ravens taking on the New England Patriots at the Gillette Stadium at 6:30 PM airing nationally on CBS.

– In their last meeting the Ravens defeated the Patriots in a tight game winning 31-30.  The odds are weighed against the Ravens and in the Patriots favor this time around as everyone places their faith in Tom Brady over Joe Flacco (who wouldn’t).  The Ravens however are playing with a certain fire no doubt lit by linebacker Ray Lewis who will retire this year.  Flacco is also playing better than I’ve ever seen him but we’ll still have to keep a watchful eye to see if he reverts back to his old ways.  The Patriots are without star tight end Rob Gronkowski who re-injured his forearm last week and will not return.  The Patriots did more than okay without him against the Texans but the Ravens will prove to be more of a test.  Brady and running back Shane Vereen connected for three touchdowns last week.  We’ll see if they find that special connection again.

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