It's conference championship weekend. On Sunday, we'll find out who goes to the Super Bowl. On one side, two quarterbacks who have been to the Super Bowl repeatedly: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. On the other side, two quarterbacks who have combined for just a handful of playoff wins and no Super Bowl berths: Carson Palmer and Cam Newton. Whoever wins, the Super Bowl should be fun.
Of course, the NFL is more than just quarterbacks. All four teams have outstanding defenses, that have arguably been more important for their success than their franchise passers. And all four teams have had some strokes of good luck and refereeing decisions going their way.
Here's everything you need to know to watch the games this weekend.
Patriots vs. Broncos
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
When: Sunday, January 24, 12:05 p.m. PT
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: Patriots Radio Network | Broncos Radio Network
Online Streaming: CBS Sports
Odds: The Patriots opened as a 2.5-point road favorite. The line climbed to 3.5, but has settled between 3- and 3.5-points, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit
Broncos blog: Mile High Report
Cardinals vs. Panthers
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, January 24, 3:40 p.m. PT
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Radio: Cardinals Radio Network | Panthers Radio Network
Online Streaming: FOXSportsGo
Odds: The Panthers opened as a 4-point favorite. The line dropped to a field goal, and has settled there, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Cardinals blog: Revenge of the Birds
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader