Road to Atlanta: NFL conference championship schedule

The teams that will play in Super Bowl LIII Feb. 3 in Atlanta will be determined Sunday. 

It is the first time the top four scoring teams in the league make up the final four. 

The New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC Championship (3:05 p.m., FOX).

How they got here: The Rams held league leader Ezekiel Elliott to 47 yards rushing in a 30-22 victory Saturday over Dallas to advance. The Saints struggled against the resilient defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, who had a chance to move on even after blowing an early 14-0 lead and then being dominated for nearly three quarters. But the Saints (14-3) got through it.

The AFC championship game will feature New England at Kansas City (6:40 p.m., CBS).

How they got here: Patrick Mahomes and the rest of Kansas City’s high-powered offense took care of the hot Indianapolis Colts Saturday, rolling to a 31-13 victory — ending 25 years of playoff frustration. Sunday’s 41-28 win over the Chargers sent the Patriots to the conference title game for eighth straight season. It will also be the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

The winners will advance to the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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