The second round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs is over and four teams are left. It's time for the Championship round. The two teams to emerge victorious this weekend will be headed to Super Bowl 50.
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are set to square off in the AFC Championship Game. This might be the last time we ever see Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning, so enjoy it while it lasts. The two legendary quarterbacks are 2-2 against each other in the playoffs. It's only natural that this game will break the tie. Brady is playing at a much higher level than Manning at this stage in their respective careers but there's no question the Broncos have the stronger defense. They also have home field advantage. Despite this, the Patriots are actually favored to win.
The NFC Championship Game features the nearly undefeated Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers got up big on Seattle last week before holding off a Seahawks comeback attempt in order to advance. Arizona, meanwhile, made it here by beating the Packers in an overtime thriller. Cam Newton versus Carson Palmer doesn't have the "Brady vs. Manning" name power to it, but these two quarterbacks are NFL MVP candidates based on how they played in the regular season. Both of these teams have tough defenses so life won't be easy on them. The Panthers have home field advantage and they're favored to win.
Who will Eagles fans be rooting for? I'm guessing Philadelphia fans would rather see the Cardinals and the Patriots lose. So that would mean Panthers versus Broncos in the Super Bowl. Does that sound good to you?
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Sunday, January 24
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
When: Sunday, January 24, 3:05 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: Patriots Radio Network | Broncos Radio Network
Online Streaming: CBS Sports
Odds: Patriots -2.5
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit
Broncos blog: Mile High Report
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, January 24, 6:40 p.m. ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Radio: Cardinals Radio Network | Panthers Radio Network
Online Streaming: FOXSportsGo
Odds: Panthers -4
Cardinals blog: Revenge of the Birds
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader
Super Bowl 50
Sunday, February 7
NFC champion versus AFC champion (CBS, 6:30 p.m.)
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