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AFC & NFC Championship games on!
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By Brandon Rivera

The second round of playoffs is in the books and the AFC West representation is out. The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City over the weekend. The Wildcard contender, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have now positioned themselves to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in what many believe to be one of the best AFC match-ups of the year. While the New England Patriots game against the Houston Texans was less exciting, and most were almost certain of a Houston loss. The Houston Texans were led by ex-Bronco Brock Osweiler after being benched two-thirds through the season. Osweiler entered Sunday’s game as the highest paid player on the field. However, it was apparent that after a mediocre performance, he is the most overpaid player.

The NFC was where it’s at, with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers taking on the red-hot Dallas Cowboys, and the Atlanta Falcons playing host to the Seattle “one-hit wonders” Seahawks. Rodgers appeared to have Dallas’ number throughout the game, and the young rookie quarterback Dak Prescott led his team down the field when they needed it, to tie the game and make it a close one, but it was the phenomenal play of Rodgers that put the Packers in a position to end the game while kicker Mason Crosby kicked the game-winning field goal. The Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks faced off in another NFC match-up over the weekend and Matt Ryan and the Falcons gained redemption from their loss to the Seahawks back in October. The Seahawks beat the Falcons 26- 24 in their October match-up and Atlanta who has been playing great football the second half of the season, wasn’t about to let the Seahawks’ defense push them around. The Seahawks took an early lead in the first quarter, but it was Atlanta’s game from the second quarter on with 19 of their 36 points coming in the second quarter alone. Atlanta held onto a 9-point lead heading into the half and never really looked back as they beat Seattle in dominating fashion 36-20. 

In other sports the 2017 Winter X-Games is less than a week away and Buttermilk Mountain and the surrounding Aspen area is gearing up for the masses. The X-Game athletes look forward to this event each year as it brings competitors from around the world to take part in one of the world’s most extreme sporting events. Since the start of the Winter X-Games in 1995, Colorado has played host to the games 19 of the 24 years in existence, two of which were hosted in Crested Butte while the other 17 years took place in Aspen. 





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