In a little over 12 hours from now, we will know one participant in each of the AFC and NFC Championship Games which will take place next Sunday. Furthermore, we might know where each of them will be played.
The top seeds in both conferences are in action today, with the AFC's top team hosting the sixth seed in that conference and the best NFC team matched up against the winner of the NFL's worst division in 2014. Also remember: if Carolina is able to beat Seattle today, the Packers and Cowboys will be fighting not only for the right to advance to the NFC Championship Game, but for the right to host it as well.
4:35 PM Eastern Time (3:35 Central)
Recent history: these two teams have met in the playoffs three times, all in Foxboro and all since the 2009 season. Baltimore is 2-1, winning the Wild-Card game in 2009 and the AFC Championship Game in 2012, while losing in the AFC Championship Game in 2011. The last regular season meeting was late in 2013, when New England won handily in Baltimore 41-7.
5:10 PM Pacific Time (7:10 Central)
Recent history: the Panthers and Seahawks have met just once in the playoffs, a 34-14 win by the Matt Hasselbeck-led Seahawks in the 2005 NFC Championship Game. The two teams have played in Carolina each of the past three regular seasons, however, and Seattle has won low-scoring games each time. The 2012 game was a 16-12 final, Seattle won 12-7 last season, and they earned a 13-9 victory in week 8 this year.