On one sideline, you’ll have one of the oldest franchises in professional football history.
On the other, one of the youngest.
The Packers began playing in 1919, the Falcons in 1966. Green Bay’s rich history on the gridiron is well-documented and undeniable. Atlanta’s, not as much.
Between 1929 and 1967, the Packers won 11 titles. Since then they’ve hoisted the Lombardi Trophy with two more Super Bowl championships. The Falcons have played in just 1 Super Bowl, back after the 1998 season.
Early Sunday evening we’ll know if the Packers have added another conference title to the franchise’s ever-impressive resume or if the surging Falcons can get back into the big game for the first time in nearly 20 years.
So how do the teams’ histories in the NFC Championship Game stack up? Keep reading to find out.
Note: The following stats and numbers are for the NFC Championship Game only. The first NFC Championship game was played after the 1970 season, when the NFL and AFL merged.
Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship Game History
Conference Championships: 1 (1998-99)
Home Record in Championship Games: 0-1
Away Record in Championship Games: 1-1
First Appearance: January 17, 1999 (30-27 OT win at Minnesota)
Last Appearance (Prior to Sunday): January 20, 2013 (28-24 loss to San Francisco)
Green Bay Packers NFC Championship Game History
Conference Championships: 3 (1996-97, 1997-98, 2010-11)
Home Record in Championship Games: 1-1
Away Record in Championship Games: 2-2
First Appearance: January 14, 1996 (38-27 loss at Dallas)
Last Appearance (Prior to Sunday): January 18, 2015 (28-22 OT loss to Seattle)