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Who will play in Super Bowl 50?

Larry Fitzgerald after his game-winning score last week vs. Green Bay
Larry Fitzgerald after his game-winning score last week vs. Green Bay
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Who will play in Super Bowl 50? Thde Denver Broncos will host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday (3:05 p.m. ET/CBS). Following that, the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET/FOX). Let's look at the odds, picks and predictions for both games.

Patriots at Broncos

New England is a 2.5-point favorite despite being the road team in what might be the final Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup. The defending Super Bowl championship Patriots are in their fifth straight AFC title game.

"It's pretty special to get back to another AFC Championship Game," said Brady, who will play in his 10th career Conference Championship Game, the most by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era. "It's pretty cool. It's hard to do. You've got to grind throughout the entire year."

Brady and Manning are meeting for the 17th time. The two have represented the AFC in nine of the past 14 Super Bowls.

"I wouldn't want it any other way," said Denver linebacker Von Miller. "They're one of the best teams in the AFC. Let's go out and play and see who wants to go to the Super Bowl."

Ed's pick: No way I can bet against the Patriots here. Like many others, I would love to see Manning get one more crack at a Super Bowl ring, but I don't think it's going to happen. Use our widget below to make your prediction.

Cardinals at Panthers

The Panthers, hosting the NFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history, are 4-point favorites. Carolina made it sonly Super Bowl appearance in 2003, losing to the Patriots. Arizona made its only Super Bowl appearance in 2008, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ed's pick: Maybe I'm just sentimental because I'm not exactly young anymore. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of Cam Newton, Josh Norman, and the dance-happy Panthers. I would love to see Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, and the Cardinals get a shot at a Super Bowl. Thus, I'm going with my heart and not my head and taking Arizona. Use our widget below to make your own prediction.