The 2011 NFL playoffs have come down to the penultimate round, with the NFC Championship and AFC Championship games dominating today's sports television landscape. The NBA knows the score, as only one game is on the schedule. There are only five NHL games as well, but no local teams, so today's television watching consists solely of the NFL. The day begins with Packers vs. Bears, resuming one of football's oldest rivalries, and ends with Jets vs. Steelers from Pittsburgh.â†µ
Whether you are sitting on your couch or on a barstool somewhere, here is today's television guide:â†µ
NFC Championship Game, Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bearsâ†µ
- When: Noon PST â†µ
- Network: Fox (Joe Buck & Troy Aikman on the call)
- Where: Soldier Field, Chicago â†µ
- What: Two of football's oldest rivals last met in the postseason in 1941, and these two teams split a pair of games this season, with each team winning at home. â†µ
- Vegas Line: Packers by 3 â†µ
AFC Championship Game, New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelersâ†µ
- When: 3:30 p.m. PST â†µ
- Network: CBS (Jim Nantz & Phil Simms on the call)
- Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh â†µ
- What: The two teams met in Pittsburgh on December 19, with the Jets getting a 22-17 win, their first win ever in the state of Pennsylvania. Steelers' safety and former USC Trojan Troy Polamalu didn't play in their earlier matchup, but will be on the field today, making it that much tougher on fellow Trojan Mark Sanchez and the Jets.
- Vegas Line: Steelers by 3 â†µ
If you want an example of what not to bet, I picked both underdogs to advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. Proceed with caution.