NFL conference championship chat: Broncos vs. Patriots, Seahawks vs. 49ers

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Three teams have Golden Bears, one is coached by a Furd. Such is life.

This is going to be a pretty awesome Sunday of football. And we are guaranteed to have a Golden Bear in the Super Bowl, which makes this much sweeter.

Here are the Bears in action today.

Broncos vs. Patriots (noon, 3 PM ET)

C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: Anderson has seen spot duty as the fourth-string running back behind Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, rushing for 38 yards on seven carries this season.

Shane Vereen, New England Patriots: Vereen remains the most versatile threat out of the backfield for Tom Brady and the Patriots. He's usually the third down running back so his rushing totals aren't high, racking up over 200 yards rushing on 44 attempts. But he is the best pass catcher of the bunch, hauling in 47 receptions for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Vereen also missed eight games this season, which led to his diminished production.

Andre Carter, New England Patriots: Carter might be retiring along with fellow Bears Nnamdi Asomugha and Tony Gonzalez this offseason. Carter has only played sparingly for the Pats defense, but has registered two sacks, two pass deflections and four tackles.

Seahawks vs. 49ers (3:30 PM PT, 6:30 PM ET)

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Not a spectacular season for Lynch, but a methodically solid one that propelled Seattle to the number one seed. He didn't have to carry the offense as much as he did the season before thanks to the emergence of Russell Wilson as an elite NFL playmaker. Still, Lynch racked up over 1500 yards from scrimmage this season and was a workhorse in Seattle's win over New Orleans.

Brandon Mebane, Seattle Seahawks: Just another steady, excellent season from Mebane, who does all the little things to keep Seattle's top defense humming on the interior. He's not as spectacular as his teammates, but it's hard not to say 45 tackles, eight tackles for loss, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery for a defensive tackle isn't a successful season.

San Francisco: No one. But there are a lot of Niners fans here!

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