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Open Thread: Conference Championships, Week 20

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No one -- no one -- is just "happy to be here." No one will be satisfied with simply playing well and putting in a good showing.

In the conference championship, every detail is magnified. The smallest mistake can make the biggest difference. Any little expression of extra effort can change the course of sports history.

The Patriots are at the top of the heap. The Chargers, for all their recent success, appear to be what the Patriots were 7 years ago, and they want to be where New England is now. Of course, the Patriots have grand designs on their own.

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New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers
Gillette Stadium, Jan. 20, 3 p.m.

For your pregame pleasure, I give you a couple links for Schoolhouse Rock's Conjunction Junction, including a YouTube video (it takes forever to load though).

Yeah, the whole Schoolhouse Rock theme needed to be brought to the forefront from a discussion buried in an earlier thread. Besides, it's a nice little distraction leading up to game time.

This is your opportunity to discuss any last-minute storyline or game-related tidbit; and, of course, I hope you join us for our in-game running commentary. Create an account if you don't have one already, and comment away. Please heed our Community Guidelines.

Enjoy the game, and Go PATRIOTS!!