Packers vs. Falcons: NFC Championship Game 2017, Live Stream, TV Channel, Prediction

Packers vs. Falcons: Predictions for NFC Championship Game 2017

Super Bowl LI is nearly upon us. We just have that pesky event known as Conference Championship Weekend standing between us and the big game.

This is obviously the biggest step in the postseason outside the Super Bowl, as this Sunday's games will determine which teams will represent their respective conferences. The first of the two games has the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Green Bay Packers for the right to represent the NFC. Packers vs. Falcons

This should be an exciting and action-filled contest. We'll have two of this year's top quarterbacks, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, and both have been playing lights-out of late. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas seem to think there will be a lot of scoring in this game, and, quite frankly, we'd be shocked if they were wrong.

Today, we're going to take an in-depth look at the NFC Championship Game and the latest odds—courtesy of OddsShark. We'll also make our predictions and examine some of the latest storylines heading into Championship Sunday.

NFC Championship Game: Packers vs. Falcons

What: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

When: Sunday, January 22

Time: 3:05 p.m. ET

National TV: Fox

Line: ATL -5

Over/Under: 61

Prediction: Green Bay 35-33 over Atlanta
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Jordy Nelson Back at Practice

Packers fans got some good news on Thursday when wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice. The wideout—who produced 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season—had been sidelined since suffering broken ribs against the New York Giants in the opening round.

It's unlikely that Nelson practiced at full speed. According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, Nelson at least caught some balls on Thursday:

If Nelson can't get up to full speed, it seems unlikely that he'll take the field against the Falcons. While his presence, even in a decoy role, could help the Green Bay offense, the Packers are going to need healthy pass-catchers to match points with the mighty Falcons offense.

Atlanta averaged an NFL-best 33.8 points per game in the regular season.

“[Sunday] is obviously a long ways away," Nelson said, per Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "I’ve improved every day. Hopefully that continues. I’ve got to be able to go out and perform. I just can’t be out there slowly running or just being some random person."

If Nelson can't be close to 100 percent, don't be surprised if he sits. The Packers could also be without wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams, though NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the team is confident both will be available:   

Julio Jones Expected to be Fine

While Packers fans are nervously hoping that Nelson will be able to go on Sunday, Falcons supporters might have a little anxiety about their own star receiver, Julio Jones.

Jones missed two games during the regular season due to a foot injury and has experienced some injury issues in the past. This week, he's missed consecutive practices after getting re-injured during last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The good news is that Jones believes he will be fine come game time.

"I got a little snag," Jones said, per Vaugh McClure of "And I was like, 'Well, let's go check it out.' It's fine. I'll be ready to go."

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn also made it clear that the team expects Jones to be ready to go on Sunday, per McClure: Source: bleacherreport