After a series of unlikely upsets, here are next week's NFL conference championship matchups.
AFC: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Three of the four teams remaining (Cardinals, Ravens, and Eagles) are birds, who prevailed on the road against more favored teams with larger mascots like Panthers, Titans, and Giants.
2009 might be the year of the Ox, but in football, it's shaping up to be the year of the bird.