NFL’s conference championship games have it all: Top seeds, top players, top coaches

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January 16, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) makes his entrance before the start of play against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Divisional Round at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS

NEW ORLEANS — There’s a written-in-the-stars feel to this weekend’s NFL playoff games, a synchronicity that goes beyond the fact that both conference championship games are rematches from earlier this season.

Maybe it’s that, for the first time, these title games feature the top four scoring teams from the regular season: the Kansas City Chiefs (35.3 points), the Los Angeles Rams (32.9), the New Orleans Saints (31.5) and the New England Patriots (27.2).

Or that each quarterback matchup features a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a new-age star, with Drew Brees versus Jared Goff in the NFC, and Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes in the AFC.

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