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Players put title games on pedestal

Conference championships represent bridge to realizing Super Bowl dream

Originally Published: January 17, 2012
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

Is it possible there is a game more important than the Super Bowl? The answer, if you ask me and many other NFL veterans -- retired or still active -- is yes.

The conference championship games are actually a bigger deal to most NFL players than the Super Bowl itself because they represent a chance at the lifelong dream of playing in a Super Bowl.

Don't misunderstand me. The primary goal and objective of every player and team is to win the Super Bowl. You're playing for the ring. ...

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