Four potential X-factor players in AFC, NFC conference championship games


“Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games.”

It’s a motto Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones has tried to live by throughout his football career.

His father, Alvin, has repeated it for as long as he could remember, but Jones has said he recalls the mantra really sticking with him around the age of 8. He was just getting started as a running back in Pop Warner action. He idolized Emmitt Smith and embraced the chance to deliver whenever called upon. And now, as the moments have grown bigger in his third NFL season, Jones craves those opportunities even more. 

Making his playoff debut last week, Jones rushed for two touchdowns as the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-23.

The games don’t get much bigger than this week’s slate. 

On Sunday, Jones and the Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game. Meanwhile, in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans.

As the four teams square off, the faces of the franchise — Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo, Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry — will rightfully have the spotlight trained on them. But strong contributions from their supporting casts are…

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