AFC and NFC championships TV schedule and preview


Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on rival New England Patriots for a berth in the Super Bowl. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
AFC Championship Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
New England Patriots (13-4) at Denver Broncos (14-3) Denver -5.5 Sun., Jan. 19
3 p.m.
WUSA (Channel 9), WJZ (Channel 13), WTEM (980 AM)

This is the matchup everyone has been waiting for: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning. The aging quarterbacks again battling for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. If the Patriots win, Brady will be playing in his sixth title game in the last 13 years. If Manning wins, he might shed his reputation as someone who fades on the big stage.

Typically known for their passing attack, the Patriots have reinvited themselves as a running team in the playoffs. In their 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, running back LaGarrette Blount led the way with four touchdowns.

The Broncos advanced to the AFC championship on the heels of a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers. Denver took a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but San Diego pulled within a one possession before Manning converted on a key third-and-17 to preserve the victory.

NFC Championship Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
San Francisco 49ers (14-4) at Seattle Seahawks (14-3) Seattle -3.5 Sun., Jan. 19
6:30 p.m.
WTTG (Channel 5), WBFF (Channel 45), WTEM (980 AM)

Just three years removed from becoming the first team to reach the playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike season, the Seahawks have emerged as one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. Seattle allowed the fewest total yards in the league (273.6 yards per game) during the regular season and flustered Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in a 23-15 victory last week.

Marshawn Lynch led the way with 28 carries for 140 yards, two touchdowns and some seismic activity. The Seahawks have gone 16-1 at home over the past two seasons.

The 49ers went 12-4 in the regular season but was relegated to a wild-card spot in the powerhouse NFC West. San Francisco defeated the Carolina Panthers, 23-10, in the divisional round in which quarterback Colin Kaepernick outdueled his Carolina counterpart Cam Newton.

Kaepernick went 15 for 28 with 196 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions. Newton completed 16 of 25 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown but threw two interceptions.

LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg, Jason Reid and host Jonathan Forsythe give their predictions for Sunday’s games:

The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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