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Sunday Morning Bloody Mary: Conference Championships Open Thread

The final real football Sunday is upon us. As much as I love the Super Bowl, that day has become an event that goes beyond just the game itself. Today, though, the focus is on what should be two very good games that will be played in absolutely frigid temperatures.

Consider this thread your open thread for all of today's action.

Bears vs Packers, 3:00 pm, FOX

Aaron Rodgers has already matched the number of road playoff games that Brett Favre won as a member of the Packers in his entire Green Bay career. Today Rodgers has an opportunity to take another step towards helping Green Bay fans forget all about their once beloved quarterback.

It's rare that the road team in a conference title game is actually the favorite, but that's what we are looking at today. The Packers are three point favorites - and for good reason. Their offense has looked unstoppable at times this postseason. The Bears, though, have done a great job limiting GB's offense to just 27 points combined in their two regular season matchups. Still, I picked the Packers as my Super Bowl champion way back before the season started and I'm going to continue to roll with Aaron Rodgers and the gang today.

Pick: Packers 30-24

Steelers vs Jets, 6:30 pm, CBS

Then it's the game most of us are waiting for. I'm sure most of you are like me - you can't imagine having to deal with Rex Ryan and his team for the next two weeks. Just the thought of the Jets at Super Bowl's media day makes me want to vomit.

Unfortunately, we can't say the Jets don't deserve to be where they are, beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back-to-back weeks in the postseason. Now they face Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. While Ben isn't as good as those two previous quarterbacks, he brings a different skill set that the Jets will have to contend with.

i think the Jets will not be able to run the football today - and I don't trust Mark Sanchez against this Pittsburgh defense in temperatures that will be possibly in the single digits. It's going to be low-scoring and close throughout, but the Steelers will find a way...I hope.

Pick: Steelers 17-13