The NFL Playoffs will feature both the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, with each of the final four teams in the post-season tournament hoping to make it to one more game this year. Who is favored to win their way to Super Bowl 50? We take a look at both games for this weekend, including kickoff time and TV coverage, to see who is favored for the two Championship contests.
First, we have the AFC Championship, where the New England Patriots will be facing the Denver Broncos. The discussion throughout the week leading up to the game will focus primarily on the Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning aspect of the contest, but this really will be a matter of Denver's defense versus the Patriots' offense. Last week, the Kansas City Chief's vaunted defense was unable to contain New England, and now it will be up to Denver's top ranked defense this year to try to slow down the Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman attack.
The line initially opened at New England favored by 2.5 points, but has moved to Patriots by 3.5 points.
(2) Patriots at (1) Broncos
Sunday, January 24
Patriots - 3.5 / OU: 44
The second game will feature the Arizona Cardinals heading across the country to face the Carolina Panthers. This game will feature the best two teams, record wise, in the league this year, with Carolina winning 15 games and the Cardinals winning 13. The Cardinals come into this game with the second ranked offense for the season, while Carolina sports the sixth ranked defense.
The game opened with Carolina favored by four points, but it has moved slightly toward the Cardinals, with the Panthers now favored by 3.5 points.