This Weekend in Sports: NFL Conference Championships, NHL Season Opens
This weekend we'll find out who's playing in the Super Bowl, and hockey fans get their game back. Here's what to watch:
Saturday, Jan. 19
Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings
Staples Center, Los Angeles
After a 119-day lockout that put the season at risk, the National Hockey League began play yesterday. Led by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, the Chicago Blackhawks traveled west to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and goalie Jonathan Quick. Chicago got their first road win of the season with a 5-2 victory.
Sunday, Jan. 20
NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome, Atlanta; 3 p.m. (ET) on FOX
The Atlanta Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers in a battle of quarterbacks with drastically different styles. Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan is a classic drop-back passer who uses receivers Roddy White, Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez to carve up defenses. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a threat both running and passing the football. He'll challenge the Atlanta defense. The winner of this game advances to face the AFC champ in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
AFC Championship: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; 6:30 p.m. (ET) on CBS
The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots meet in the AFC Championship for the second consecutive season. The Ravens are looking to avenge last year's loss, when kicker Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left that sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco hasn't made many mistakes in his team's two playoff victories this postseason. New England quarterback Tom Brady has won more postseason games (17) than any other quarterback in NFL history. The winner of this game advances to face the NFC champ in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3.