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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.
Super Bowl XLVII players
John Abraham, Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Wes Welker, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead, Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ray Lewis, Dennis Pitta
Who are the Atlanta Falcons?
Some experts picked the Falcons as a Super Bowl contender this season, but a 24-2 loss against the Giants means Mike Smith and Matt Ryan are now 0-3 in the playoffs.
What's the verdict on Matt Ryan?
Ryan finished the regular season with the NFL's eighth-best passer rating, the third time in his four pro seasons he's been in the top 11.
Is Mike Smith too aggressive?
Mike Smith didn't let a fourth-down failure against the Saints earlier this season stop him from going twice in Sunday's game, once in easy field goal range with his team down 10-2.
Falcons, Panthers or Buccaneers?
The Saints are ahead of the Falcons at the moment, so we'll set them aside in the NFC South. But does Cam Newton give the Panthers the edge on the Falcons moving forward?
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