NFL Championship Sunday: Taylor Gabriel and Micah Hyde two of five players to watch out for

This weekend is the last hurdle for four teams hoping to represent their fans in the NFL’s showpiece event.

The Green Bay Packers travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, before the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers, hoping to secure their place in Super Bowl LI.

All the talk has been about the four quarterbacks and which two will come out on top, leading their team to Championship glory. However, there are a number of players which could have big roles to play. Sky Sports picks five to keep an eye on.

Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons

Having led the NFL in scoring and big plays all year, the Atlanta Falcons offence continues to dominate. Quarterback Matt Ryan has a plethora of weapons, both rushers and receivers, and the team showed their potency as they put 36 points on the Seattle Seahawks last weekend.

While Julio Jones is the most notable, Taylor Gabriel continues to be a play-maker for Atlanta.

After being released by the Cleveland Browns, Gabriel was picked up by the Falcons, and has become the perfect accompaniment to Jones.

He has scored six touchdowns in his last 10 appearances, and is Ryan’s favourite option when throwing deep. Against a depleted Packers secondary, this could be the perfect game for him.

Gabriel and kicker Matt Bryant talk Green Bay’s danger men ahead of NFC Championship game in Atlanta on Sunday
Gabriel and kicker Matt Bryant talk Green Bay’s danger men ahead of NFC Championship game in Atlanta on Sunday

Micah Hyde, Green Bay Packers

The versatile defensive back doesn’t get the credit of bigger personalities like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Julius Peppers, but he is a play-maker all the same.

With the Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay’s 19-yard line, Hyde read Dak Prescott’s pass, jumping the route to make the interception. He has four in his last six games, including a game-winning pick against the Detroit Lions, which secured the NFC North.

Green Bay’s secondary is perhaps its biggest weakness, but with Hyde coming up with big-time plays, they stand a chance against the Falcons’ point scoring machine.

Micah Hyde made an interception against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend
Micah Hyde made an interception against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend
Source: SkySports

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