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SiriusXM Sports’ NFL conference championship previews

January 18, 2014

A date with Super Bowl XLVIII is on the line, as the final four NFL playoff teams face off on Championship Sunday this weekend.

At 3 pm ET, it’s the 15th installment of the Manning-Brady Bowl, as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots head to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The teams met once earlier this season, a 34-31 Patriots overtime victory in Week 12 at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley joined The SiriusXM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray to talk about the matchup:

Man, I’m excited […] we run the ball pretty well on those guys, so we’re going to attack them in many ways […] I’m grateful for whatever opportunities I do get and if I do get in there, I’m gonna roll […] it’s gonna be some big time football. As a kid, this is what you dream about.

SiriusXM NFL Radio‘s Pat Kirwan thinks the Patriots defense will struggle against the Broncos:

In the NFC Championship Game – Sunday at 6:30 pm ET – Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers take on their divisional rivals, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, at the home of The 12th Man, CenturyLink Field. The last time the 49ers were in Seattle, they were beaten soundly, 29-3. A lot of time has passed since that Week 2 loss – a span that includes a 19-17 49ers home win over the Seahawks in Week 14.

St. Louis Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis previewed the NFC Championship earlier this week, and talked about the Seahawks and the 49ers:

In every position group, [the Seahawks] are very, very strong and very very solid,” McGinnis said. “They are a physical, physical football team […] on the offensive side, Marshawn Lynch is truly a beast…

Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman do some of the best jobs of various formations, various personnel groups, and clean runs of anybody in this league,” he continued. “[The 49ers] are very, very hard to defend because they’ve got a quarterback that can hurt you immediately…”

John Madden broke down how to call an offense against The 12th Man, what the biggest key to the game will be, and which quarterback he’d rather have on his team for the NFC Championship game:

Movin’ the Chains’ Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan broke down the differences between the game’s two quarterbacks, Kaepernick and Wilson:

Both the AFC and NFC Championships can be heard on SiriusXM, including the road team calls (Sirius 92 & XM 225), home team calls (Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM 86), national broadcast (SiriusXM NFL Radio channel 86), and Spanish broadcast (AFC – SiriusXM 147; NFC – SiriusXM 157).

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