As expected, the NFL season this year had its fair share of ups and downs. Some teams surprised the league, like the Dallas Cowboys going 13-3 and the Green Bay Packers winning their 6 final regular seasons games to end the year 10-6.

Leading up to this week’s conference championship contests there were some close and surprising games. On the NFC side, the Falcons hosted the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta came out on top 36-20, which prevented the Seahawks from winning another Super Bowl title.

In a matchup between two of the most popular franchises in the country, the Packers went up against the Cowboys. Rookie quarterback Dan Prescott was not able to lead the Cowboys to win their first playoff game since 1996, marking 21 years since they came out on top when it matters. Green Bay was able to narrowly come out on top, 34-31.

On the AFC side, the championship consisted of the Pittsburgh Steelers going up against the New England Patriots. Prior to this, the Steelers had to fend off the Kansas Chiefs, in a game which they just barely squeaked out, winning 18-16.

On the other hand, the Patriots went up against the Houston Texans. Much like the Falcons, they also had a fairly substantial margin of victory. New England came out top 34-16.

In the AFC Championship game, Brady hoped for the opportunity to appear in his seventh Super Bowl of all time. The legendary quarterback has won four of those. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has not been a stranger to the Super Bowl and postseason himself though. He has appear in the playoffs during 8 individual seasons, he has also won two Super Bowls and appeared in three. The Patriots have made the postseason on 14 occasion with Brady at the helm.

During the Championship, it became clear why the Patriots have been as successful as they have. They dominated the Steelers during much of the game, there really was not much of a question about who the superior team was.

On February 5, it is official that Tom Brady and Patriots will be going up against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Brady and Bill Belichick have a chance to really set their legacy, to be potentially the best Quarterback and Head Coach duo in NFL history.

What do you think? What is Brady’s legacy going to be? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.

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