WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK
CLOSE GAMES: The Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
It marked the seventh consecutive NFC Championship Game to be decided by seven points or fewer, extending the longest streak in conference championship game history.
The past seven NFC Championship Games to finish within seven points or fewer:
N.Y. Giants at Green Bay
Philadelphia at Arizona
Minnesota at New Orleans
Green Bay at Chicago
N.Y. Giants at San Francisco
San Francisco at Atlanta
San Francisco at Seattle
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LUCKY SEVEN: The DENVER BRONCOS defeated New England 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. This is the Broncos seventh Super Bowl appearance, tying New England for the third-most in NFL history.
The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances:
SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
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TEAM LEADER: Denver head coach JOHN FOX guided the Broncos to a 26-16 win over New England in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
With the win, Fox became the sixth coach in NFL history to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl.
The head coaches to lead multiple franchises to the Super Bowl:
VI, VII, VIII, XVII, XIX
XXI, XXII, XXIV
PASSING LEGENDS: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 400 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s 26-16 win over New England in the AFC Championship Game.
Manning became the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to lead the league in passing yards and TD passes and also advance to the Super Bowl that season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (1984), KURT WARNER (2001) and TOM BRADY (2007) as the only QBs to accomplish the feat.
The quarterbacks to advance to the Super Bowl after leading the league in passing yards and touchdown passes in the Super Bowl era:
NY Giants 17, New England 14
New England 20, St. Louis 17
San Francisco 38, Miami 16
Denver vs. Seattle