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Why the NFC Championship Game is One For the True NFL Purists

Why the NFC Championship Game is One For the True NFL Purists

It’s between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers to make the Super Bowl as NFC representatives.

They square off at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship game on Sunday with either the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tennessee Titans waiting in the big one on February 2nd.

And it’s just a shame we can’t see this tie in the Super Bowl.

Why? Because it’s two of the NFL’s greatest teams going head to head.

It’s the five-time Super Bowl winning 49ers, famed from the Joe Montana days and a general history that many franchises would kill for.

Not only do they have the history, they have Jimmy Garoppolo, Greg Kittle and Richard Sherman among their current star performers and their 14-3 record going into Sunday shows they’ve been one of the league’s best teams.

And all of this is led by the talented Kyle Shanahan.

He’ll go up against another up and coming coach in Matt LeFleur, who has helped transform the Packers in his first season.

Green Bay are NFL greats – the Super Bowl is named after their greatest coach, Vince Lombardi, after all.

In Aaron Rodgers, they have one of the greatest quarter backs of all time and a supporting cast that isn’t too shabby either.

Davante Adams and Aaron Jones have been star performers in their run this season and should be big as they look to close the year out as Super Bowl champions.

The Packers are 14-3 too and have shown they know how to get the job done the majority of the time this season.

It’s the 49ers who are favourites to win on Sunday and make the Super Bowl according to NFL betting predictions.

But don’t write off the Packers and the get-it-done-in-style approach of Rodgers.

Under Mike McCarthy they were accused of wasting the talent of Rodgers for the majority of the time – even with their Super Bowl win in 2010.

Now, LaFleur has managed to put it all together – building a team capable of mixing it up on offense and making their defense just as dangerous.

But if defenses don’t turn up and we’re treated to a shootout in the NFC Championship game then we have two outstanding quarterbacks on each side.

Rodgers’ quality is obvious. He’s a 14-year veteran in the league, a Super Bowl winner, a two-time MVP, eight-time Pro Bowler and widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.

Opposite is Garoppolo, lacking the experience of Rodgers given he only joined the league in 2014, but with every bit of potential to match his opponent.

Jimmy G is only in his second season with the 49ers, but his impact has been clear. The 49ers hadn’t made the playoffs in the last four seasons before Garoppolo was traded from the New England Patriots. In his first full season – after being injured last year – he’s led them to the NFC Championship game.

Everything points towards Sunday’s game being one for the ages – and we can’t wait.

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