The divisional round of the playoffs is over, and it was one weird weekend. The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs mostly because Andy Reid can't do clock management, the Green Bay Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals despite hitting two Hail Mary throws inside the two-minute warning, the Seattle Seahawks almost came back to beat the Carolina Panthers despite trailing 31-0 at the half and the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in which neither Peyton Manning nor Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown.
And with that, we know what the conference championship games will look like. We're getting an old-fashioned Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC, though this time with some role reversal: it's old, broken-down Peyton Manning who's leaning on his defense against regular-season scoring machine Tom Brady. In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers continue to steamroll everyone and will now have the chance to do so against the Arizona Cardinals. That's not going to be easy, though, and it should be one heck of a game next weekend.
Here's the schedule for the conference championship game and the Super Bowl. All times ET.
Sunday, Jan. 24
Sunday, Feb. 7
Super Bowl 50: AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m., CBS