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Patriots, Panthers are favored to meet in the Super Bowl

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The Patriots and Panthers are the favorites to win Sunday’s conference championship games and meet in the Super Bowl.

New England is a 3-point favorite at Denver in the AFC Championship Game. With the Broncos having home-field advantage, that suggests that the oddsmakers view the Patriots as the significantly better team. That’s not a surprise; the Patriots looked more impressive in their win over the Chiefs on Saturday than the Broncos did in their win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Carolina is a 3-point favorite over Arizona in the NFC Championship Game. The Panthers are at home, which suggests that the oddsmakers view the two teams as approximately evenly matched.

The favored team has won seven of eight games so far this postseason, with the Packers’ win as a one-point underdog at Washington the only exception. A Panthers-Patriots Super Bowl would be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII, 12 years ago, although it’s not exactly a grudge match, as Tom Brady is the only player on either team who played in that game.

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  1. flash1287 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:15 AM

    Brady is going to shred the Broncos D.
    Like a Jack Del Rio D he also OWNS Wade Phillips aka Elmer Fud.

    Go at the Broncos LB, they can’t cover.

  2. mikermiker says: Jan 18, 2016 7:19 AM

    Nice rematch. Cool how only one of these teams gets a first round draft pick next year. And is Cam Newton awaiting inevitable suspension? Nope, that’s the cheater Tom Brady. This Patriots team is forever stained with multiple asterisks.

  3. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:19 AM

    Patriots/Arizona

  4. Unchained81 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:19 AM

    But New England can only win by cheating. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  5. 6ball says: Jan 18, 2016 7:21 AM

    .
    The Patriots are favored by 3, despite being at home and despite owning a regular season victory over New England. It’s a highly unusual situation.
    .

  6. relggigeht says: Jan 18, 2016 7:22 AM

    Go Panthers!

    Signed,

    Steelers fan

  7. patriottony says: Jan 18, 2016 7:25 AM

    Pats 27-10 over the donkeys
    Cardinals stun superego, 28-17

  8. truths4all says: Jan 18, 2016 7:28 AM

    For the Cards, this is great news as the only times they lost were when Vegas favored them to win.

    They play better as the underdogs.

  9. 15YearsandBradyStillRunsYourTeam says: Jan 18, 2016 7:35 AM

    Let’s give both Peyton and Tom Brady some credit here.

    15 years later and they are still knocking on the doorstep to championships. Must be embarrassing for all those new young “hip, fast” quarterbacks.

    13 of the last 15 AFC champions will have been 1 of 3 QBs; Big Ben, TB12, and Peyton.

  10. popover7 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:36 AM

    I don’t care who the Patriots face as long as they are in.

  11. burnzido says: Jan 18, 2016 7:40 AM

    You can bet it’s a grudge match for the fans!

  12. themiamidolphins says: Jan 18, 2016 7:40 AM

    Oddsmakers don’t set the lines based on who they think is better or if they think the teams are even.

    The initial line is an educated guess of a starting point that oddsmakers believe will get equal action from bettors on both sides.

    The spread changes throughout the week based on betting trends.

  13. rootpain says: Jan 18, 2016 7:45 AM

    That’s the match up that I have been waiting for all season. It will be a good one but Brady and the Patriots will win if they stay at least as healthy as they are now.

  14. ravensfan56 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:59 AM

    Mike Locksley is the biggest loser that I have ever witnessed.

  15. typicalnipple says: Jan 18, 2016 7:59 AM

    There is another favorite… Big John Football. Oh yea!!!

  16. kdeforge13 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:00 AM

    Patriots are all Healthy.Different team then last year in Denver. There was No Edelman No Amendola!! patriots were 10-0 with Edelman and when he was hurt they were 2-4! Brady is Playing his best Football !! Go Pats!

  17. patk617 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:01 AM

    I think pats panthers rematch it will be a good game but New England will pull it and Brady will win his 5th ring and officially shut up the haters and go down as the GOAT, but of course someone will try to say they’re cheating lmao

  18. lgw91s says: Jan 18, 2016 8:01 AM

    Patriots will be favored to be in the 2017 SB too.

  19. thefootballgodssay says: Jan 18, 2016 8:02 AM

    Upsets happen its sports

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 18, 2016 8:02 AM

    Two joke franchises.

    Denver vs Arizona, with another Peyton Manning Super Bowl to top it off.

  21. jmull23 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:13 AM

    It would be a grudge match for Panthers fans after all the cheating came out a few years ago. Several former players said it was like the Patriots already knew their plays in the 1st half.

  22. leatherface2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:20 AM

    packer fans still think gb is favored

  23. Cunning Linguist says: Jan 18, 2016 8:21 AM

    Right now the Patriots are “on to Denver.”

  24. carolinagreg says: Jan 18, 2016 8:24 AM

    Please let this happen. I appreciate good smack talk, and the Panthers fans around here have it down. Love the Queen City, love my Pats.

  25. railcarcowboy says: Jan 18, 2016 8:24 AM

    No way sCam Newton gets by Arizona

  26. streetyson says: Jan 18, 2016 8:35 AM

    What a huge shame that none of the teams involved in framing or slandering Brady, or of jumping on the hate bandwagon, will be represented in the Championship Games. For I’m left with no team to strongly root against.

    The Cards and Panthers are likeable enough to me. And whilst I’d love to see Roger’s face if he had to hand the trophy to Brady, I wouldn’t begrudge Peyton, even with the HGH rumors, of one more ring to retire on (for it’s not him, it’s the vast disparity in the league’s and media’s responses to the natural PSI and medicinal-stem-cell HGH stories that so utterly disgust me). May this be Roger’s last SB.

  27. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 18, 2016 8:38 AM

    You can’t fool Mother Nature….Give us back our stolen draft picks.

  28. kepickle says: Jan 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    if the Cardinals can’t stop the run like they did against Green Bay the Panthers are going to win

  29. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 8:44 AM

    SB 38… one of the all time great championship games.

  30. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 8:52 AM

    SB 38 was yet another example of the GOAT QB’s greatness.🙂

    He matched the Panthers score for score against a roided up Panthers team and with the defense unable to help him because of injuries.

    GOAT. Without a doubt.
    🙂

  31. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 8:53 AM

    Think the Panthers will be taking roids again like they did in their last Super Bowl run?

  32. bucks4ever13 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:55 AM

    That was such a great game 12 years ago. Really hope this group of Panthers can make it happen this time around. Riverboat Ron has to make sure they are focused on the NFC Championship first. Let’s make 16-1 into 17-1. Keep Pounding!

  33. butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame says: Jan 18, 2016 8:58 AM

    Pats are going to repeat. Brady will not be suspended for any of that bs. Mikermike will continue to cry like a loser on the comments section of Internet articles thinking that it will somehow reflect the legacy of the pats.

    The pats real legacy is that they own this league and people whine and cry about and make up fake controversies to try and stop them. No one is going to stop Brady.

  34. jbdvks says: Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    What was the oddsmakers’ view on the shellacking of the Patriots by a certain Broncos’ BACKUP quarterback?

  35. apatfanforever says: Jan 18, 2016 9:13 AM

    GO PATS

  36. quizlingclinic says: Jan 18, 2016 9:15 AM

    Considering that the Pats were up 20-6 in Denver in Nov without Eddleman, Amendola and Collings before imploding after Amendola’s replacement muffed a punt and Hightower went down causing the run defense to fall apart, I’d say the Pats should CRUSH the Broncs.

    And this time they get to face Manning in JAN!!!

  37. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 9:35 AM

    quizlingclinic says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:15 AM

    Considering that the Pats were up 20-6 in Denver in Nov without Eddleman, Amendola and Collings before imploding after Amendola’s replacement muffed a punt and Hightower went down causing the run defense to fall apart, I’d say the Pats should CRUSH the Broncs.

    And this time they get to face Manning in JAN!!!
    —-
    To be fair… the Broncos were also without guys like Ware. But then again… they did allow a lot of yards to an inferior Steelers team.😀

  38. nhpats says: Jan 18, 2016 9:39 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:02 AM
    Two joke franchises.

    Denver vs Arizona, with another Peyton Manning Super Bowl to top it off.

    —————
    The “joke franchise” was the 1-year dynasty that gave up 31 1st half points yesterday allowing Newton and the Panthers to take the 2nd half off and prepare for Arizona.

  39. wensink18 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:39 AM

    It’s too bad that Vince Lombardi isn’t around. He would make a nice assistant to the greatest coach that ever lived….BB.

  40. tylawspick6 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:40 AM

    Hope the Pats finish off HGH Head in Denver.

    The amount of players available for this one, who weren’t available in the November game NE dominated, should be a huge help.

    The big question is, will Goodell’s flying monkeys be out in full force wit their yellow flags for Gomer?

  41. bleck5 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:43 AM

    jbdvks says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM
    What was the oddsmakers’ view on the shellacking of the Patriots by a certain Broncos’ BACKUP quarterback?

    _________

    What shellacking? The Pats were up 21-7 in the 3rd quarter until an unfortunate series of events happened. We had none of our key recievers and because of that a rookie muffed the punt putting the Broncos in good position to make a comenack. We also lost Hightower and Gronk and were in the recieving end of very questionable calls. Even then it still went to OT..

    Plus Brock is better than Peyton. And we all know the Pats play lights out and remember all their mistakes if their last two games in Denver. Bill will be ready for anything.

  42. packergator says: Jan 18, 2016 9:44 AM

    Arizona over Carolina – Hot start over Seattle, but Carolina’s complete inability to score in the second half plus poor defense / no pass rush are worrisome.

    Pats/Broncos – Tough to call; take the under in that game. Pats’ OL had trouble with Steelers’ pass rush and I expect more trouble against the Broncos, plus no running game. Broncos win IF Peyton’s receivers can stop dropping the ball (literally) on third down.

  43. leatherface2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:49 AM

    i bet palmer gets picked 3 or 4 times

  44. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jan 18, 2016 9:51 AM

    Panthers will DESTROY Patriots…
    Patriots had an easy road. Chiefs who were overrated and then Broncos who are awful…
    The Oakland Raiders were the only team that matches up with

  45. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jan 18, 2016 9:52 AM

    Panthers 38 Patriots 20 Superbowl

  46. bears5683 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:57 AM

    I think Tom Brady is the GOAT QB, although some can argue and be wrong, but no one Can argue Brady and BB are the greatest QB/ HC combo of all time. I really hope they lose.

  47. rsxfan says: Jan 18, 2016 9:57 AM

    “… it’s not exactly a grudge match, as Tom Brady is the only player on either team who played in that game.”

    Ricky Phroel is still on the Panthers team as the WR coach.

  48. jomo56 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:58 AM

    Like the Cards. Palmer has game with Fitz and company leading the charge. D playing lights out.
    DC assigns lb to block Olson off the line occassionally a double team. Other receivers inconsistent. Cards win.

  49. bears5683 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:58 AM

    I’m really happy that it’s not Green Bay or Seattle Playing. This is one game I will just enjoy 2 good teams without really having a strong rooting interest. I really hope NE loses.

  50. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 18, 2016 10:05 AM

    So far Vegas is 8-0 this post season. Just sayin’.

  51. dave399 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:07 AM

    rsxfan says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:57 AM

    “… it’s not exactly a grudge match, as Tom Brady is the only player on either team who played in that game.” Ricky Phroel is still on the Panthers team as the WR coach.

    —————————————–

    Ricky Proehl was also the WR that caught the go ahead touchdown for the Rams in SB 36, in a losing effort to the Patriots.

    Not to mention he was born and raised in NYC. Can you imagine how much this dude must DESPISE the Patriots? HEHE

  52. gah05 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:07 AM

    Here’s to a Denver – Arizona SB!! Lol

  53. goattoday says: Jan 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    AFC will win the SB! Almost certainly the Pats although the Broncos can beat either of the two NFC teams.

    The Carolina Kitty Kats beat the Texans led by Mallett by ONE TD. ONE!

  54. rsxfan says: Jan 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    dave399 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:07 AM
    rsxfan says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:57 AM

    “… it’s not exactly a grudge match, as Tom Brady is the only player on either team who played in that game.” Ricky Phroel is still on the Panthers team as the WR coach.

    —————————————–

    Ricky Proehl was also the WR that caught the go ahead touchdown for the Rams in SB 36, in a losing effort to the Patriots.

    Not to mention he was born and raised in NYC. Can you imagine how much this dude must DESPISE the Patriots? HEHE
    —————————————

    I can imagine it, my boss is Ricky’s father in-law.

  55. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:16 AM

    Federal agents are investigating whether a West Columbia alternative medicine physician illegally prescribed steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, including current and former members of the Carolina Panthers, according to sources and court records.

    Some of the NFL players patients of Dr. James Shortt were on the Panthers team that competed in Super Bowl XXXVIII in January 2004, sources familiar with the investigation said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said he is aware of an investigation linking Shortt to players.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents are questioning at least nine active and former players of the Charlotte team, one of the sources said.

    Investigators also have audio tapes of conversations between Shortt and his patients, including some Panthers players, the source said.

    The Panthers Hurney said he knows a probe is under way involving current and former players and their involvement with Shortt.

    Hurney acknowledged the doctor is Shortt. We were under the impression (the players) were … witnesses for a case for this doctor.

    Hurney said the Panthers received a subpoena for addresses of current and former players with ties to Shortt so investigators could contact them. He said he did not see the subpoena and did not know the names on it or which government agency submitted it.

  56. namingrights says: Jan 18, 2016 10:21 AM

    16-1

    Up by 31 against a team that killed the Cardinals three weeks ago
    averaging over 30 points per game

    THIS IS OUR YEAR

    Keep Pounding

  57. futures44 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:23 AM

    Hey Roger, why did you have to change footballs in the second half of the Minn. vs Seattle playoff game. Did the balls naturally deflate. Why not tell Educated non hating fans what we already know about PSI levels. What are you hiding ROGER.

  58. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:24 AM

    lets just hope those dirty Denver broncos don’t go after Gronk’s knees AGAIN

  59. bonniebengal says: Jan 18, 2016 10:29 AM

    I would prefer Broncos/Panthers, but the Broncos need to find their offense. They had great field position most of the Steeler game and should have scored a lot more points.

  60. charliecharger says: Jan 18, 2016 10:32 AM

    So is there still anyone out there that doesn’t like to hire retread coaches? The final four teams all have retreads for coaches. And three out of the final four QBs were the #1 overall draft pick coming out of college.

  61. whatnojets says: Jan 18, 2016 10:36 AM

    Two P’s in a pot!

  62. xavier179 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:37 AM

    If Arizona plays like they did against the Packers they are toast.
    I really think Palmer’s finger is not 100%.

  63. whywerule says: Jan 18, 2016 10:40 AM

    dave399 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:07 AM

    Ricky Proehl was also the WR that caught the go ahead touchdown for the Rams in SB 36…

    Ricky Proehl was also prophetic as, prior to the kickoff of that game, Proehl said “Tonight, a dynasty is born.

  64. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:44 AM

    South Carolina doctor James Shortt, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally prescribe steroids and human growth hormone to members of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, was sentenced to a year and a day in jail.

    Since by definition a conspiracy is “an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action” it is clear that the Carolina Panthers were involved in this conspiracy.

    There are tape-recorded conversations between Dr. Shortt and several Carolina Panthers in which the doctor tells the players how they can beat league-conducted drug tests. – Todd Sauerbrun, Jeff Mitchell, Todd Steussie, Kevin Donnally, and Wesley Walls – were not penalized for their role in this conspiracy.

    Sauerbrun got busted for violating the league’s ban on ephedra and as a result is suspended for the first month of this season.

    The public should have little faith in the NFL’s ability and willingness to make sure that all their players are abiding by the rules. Dr. Shortt was the only person to get punished as a result of this incident, the NFL cannot be believed when they say that they are trying to run a clean league.

  65. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 18, 2016 10:53 AM

    Panthers ~ 34

    Cheaters ~ 6

    That’s IF they get past Denver. What’s Brady’s record against them?

  66. jgedgar70 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:54 AM

    I’ve been saying this all year, but I’ll say it now that the numbers are in favor of my team:

    WHAT THE GAMBLING ADDICTS THINK HAS NO INFLUENCE ON THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. NONE!

    I’m glad this weekend’s games came out the way they did. Now the national media, on a 5-month crusade to find any and every excuse to dismiss the Panthers, have the perfect setup. This week (and this has already started), the Panthers secondary is banged up, the Cards are rolling! Cards win 77-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We’ll just skip over the Cards brain-cramped QB and the stupid picks he threw on Saturday, and we’ll skip over the defense that allowed a mediocre Cheese Doodles team to run the ball with little resistance, and the Panthers are a better run team than the Cheese Doodles.

    And if we win, no matter who wins the AFC title game, the national media will be slobbering all over the winning QB, and declaring the AFC winner the easy Super Bowl winner, because the AFC team has the greatest QB of all time, and the Panthers couldn’t possibly hang with them.

    Perfect. We have the “no one respects us” card we’ve been using to our advantage all year, no matter what the matchup. Keep Pounding!

  67. listenup823 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:57 AM

    I love the Broncos being in the position of Underdog.. Go ahead and underestimate Peyton Manning.. Both teams were missing players earlier this year but it was New England that couldn’t stop Denver’s back up QB at the end..

  68. ariani1985 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:04 AM

    But, but, but, but, but packer fans were saying they are going to win the super bowl this year! what is going on in turd town? ?

  69. bleck5 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:08 AM

    xavier179 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:37 AM
    If Arizona plays like they did against the Packers they are toast.
    I really think Palmer’s finger is not 100%.

    _____________

    And likewise if the Panthers play like they did in the second half of their game against the Hawks they will also be toast.

  70. rcosborne59 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:11 AM

    Face it Manning is a shadow of his old self so Pats should be favored. They had trouble competing with a injured Steelers team who by the way should be proud for their effort. Had it not been for the fumble the Broncos would of been lost.

  71. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 11:12 AM

    New England that couldn’t stop Denver’s back up QB at the end..


    CJ Anderson is Denver’s back up QB?
    🙂

  72. flash1287 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:18 AM

    listenup823 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:57 AM
    I love the Broncos being in the position of Underdog.. Go ahead and underestimate Peyton Manning.. Both teams were missing players earlier this year but it was New England that couldn’t stop Denver’s back up QB at the end..

    Stop with the “Denver had injuries too”

    NE was missing BOTH starting WR. And if not for a fumbled punt Denver losses.

    What’s a bigger injury than a PASSING offense that’s MISSING it’s top 2 WR?

    If AB played yesterday Pittsburgh wins.

    Chris Harris JR CANNOT cover JE
    You have no one that can cover Gronk.

    Hell they couldn’t cover Gronk in the last game WITHOUT JE and Danny Amendola.

  73. daytontriangles says: Jan 18, 2016 11:19 AM

    I’m rooting for the Patriots to repeat, if only to witness Roger Goodell being forced to hand over the trophy to the team he’s actively tried to defeat through his trumped up investigations.

    If the Patriots win the Superbowl, after a year of playing with properly inflated footballs, they should sue the League to get their stolen draft pick back!

  74. nhpats says: Jan 18, 2016 11:28 AM

    listenup823 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:57 AM
    I love the Broncos being in the position of Underdog.. Go ahead and underestimate Peyton Manning.. Both teams were missing players earlier this year but it was New England that couldn’t stop Denver’s back up QB at the end..

    ————————
    Manning was throwing wounded ducks all day. Ossweiler is the better “passer” at this point. But Peyton still has a far better command of the game and an ability to change plays at the line.

  75. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Jan 18, 2016 11:41 AM

    Anyone but the Patriots!
    So sick of the Patriots year after year after year…..

  76. whywerule says: Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM

    daytontriangles says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:19 AM
    ***
    If the Patriots win the Superbowl, after a year of playing with properly inflated footballs, they should sue the League to get their stolen draft pick back!

    Kraft would have to go Al Davis and file an antitrust suit against the league and, even if he was able to get an injunction to keep the picks, that suit would take a long time to move through the courts and Kraft would be a pariah to the rest of the owners.

    Although yours truly, like most Pats fans, wishes he had gone Al Davis on the league.

  77. footballmaven says: Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM

    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.
    And until Carson Palmer shows me that he is not a choker (he was ready to hand that game to the packers the other night) , I’m giving the points…

  78. mmack66 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:46 AM

    Nice rematch. Cool how only one of these teams gets a first round draft pick next year. And is Cam Newton awaiting inevitable suspension? Nope, that’s the cheater Tom Brady. This Patriots team is forever stained with multiple asterisks.
    —————————-

    Suspension for what?

    The only thing that is inevitable is another smackdown of Goodellbot in Federal court.

  79. bullcharger says: Jan 18, 2016 12:04 PM

    6ball says:
    Jan 18, 2016 7:21 AM
    .
    The Patriots are favored by 3, despite being at home and despite owning a regular season victory over New England. It’s a highly unusual situation.

    ——————–

    It happened before. 2004, Patriots lose to the Steelers in the regular season, go to face the 16-1 Steelers in the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh. Patriots favored which seemed crazy at the time. Patriots win 41-27.

  80. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 18, 2016 12:10 PM

    daytontriangles says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:19 AM

    I’m rooting for the Patriots to repeat, if only to witness Roger Goodell being forced to hand over the trophy to the team he’s actively tried to defeat through his trumped up investigations.

    If the Patriots win the Superbowl, after a year of playing with properly inflated footballs, they should sue the League to get their stolen draft pick back!

    I agree except they should have returned them by now based only on what they learned this year if they actually recorded psi levels properly.

    But speaking of integrity & stuff, remember how Hateroids were all “the ball is the most important thing in the game and that’s why Brady is a cheater “?

    I just heard on the radio that the refs forgot the balls & gauges at the hotel. If this proves true, it would be beyond unbelievable.

  81. bigsausagepizza12 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:14 PM

    Odds:

    Gronk push off 2:1
    Edelman pick play 1:1
    Amendola cheap shot 3:1
    Amendola injury 2:1
    Brady complain to refs 1:1

  82. broncoguy11 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:14 PM

    Pats fans quick to comment about their own injuries in the prior game vs Denver, but even faster they deny that denver was without Demarcus Ware and have not had Ryan Clady all year, in addition to other players that were not in the game. I believe Von Miller got hurt in that one too, but I might be wrong.

    But when injuries happen to New England, it means thats why they lost. Not because of ANY other reason.

    That said, it’ll be a tough game for Denver to win. It is harder to beat a non-divisional team twice in the same year. Go Broncos!

  83. David says: Jan 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    I cannot stand the Panthers.

    Scam Newton reeks of arrogance. I have had enough of all the networks fawning over him giving balls to kids. So what? Let’s forget he stole a laptop and was going to be expelled for academic dishonesty at Florida. Let’s not forget his daddy tried to peddle Scam to the highest bidder.

    Greg Olson is Jeremy Shockey without the (visible) tattoos. Typical loudmouth braggart from THE U.

    Hopefully the Cardinals will shut them up once and for all. The last thing this world needs is two more weeks of listening to Scam Newton and everyone kissing his feet.

  84. joker65 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:31 PM

    footballmaven says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM
    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.
    _____

    Brady is 3-3 lifetime on the road in the playoffs.

    On top of that, he is 4-2 in Super Bowls, which is a neutral site game.

    Overall, 7-5 in playoff games played away from Foxboro.

  85. tyelee says: Jan 18, 2016 12:32 PM

    If so, the 50th becomes Super Boring!

  86. turfdaddy says: Jan 18, 2016 12:33 PM

    And like it or not, Cam Newton has actually set his team up for future success. He is slated to “only” make about $16-$17M per year for the next several years. Unlike other star QBs, he didn’t strap his team with the inability to put quality players around him because of the salary cap.

    And he did it all before his MVP season!! Great deal for the Panthers and great job by Gettleman.

  87. scrotiemcb says: Jan 18, 2016 12:38 PM

    Denver beat six of the eventual playoff teams this year and had the most difficult schedule of the entire field. They also dismantled, destroyed and embarrassed the Palmer-less Arizona Cardinals last year. Yet you’d think they are some Little Sisters of the Poor fluke the way the punditry and the NFL Universe, in general, view them. You know it’s getting silly when fans of the Chiefs– who’s team put up the second most pathetic and overmatched showing in the playoffs– are still talking smack against the Broncos.

    Oh, well, I guess. We shall see.

  88. sgtcook1959 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:39 PM

    I can see New England advancing, but I suspect Denver’s defense will have something to say about it. If they can’t slow down the Patriots offense, then it will be a long day for the Bronco’s. I just can’t see Denver keeping pace with the Patriots.

    As to Carolina, not so fast. If Arizona’s offensive line can keep Carson Palmer upright, then I have to believe the Cardinal’s have a very good chance of pulling off the upset, if you can call it an upset. Seattle showed how exposed the Carolina Panthers defensive backfield is. Either way, a very close game.

  89. quizlingclinic says: Jan 18, 2016 12:41 PM

    “6ball says:
    Jan 18, 2016 7:21 AM
    .
    The Patriots are favored by 3, despite being at home and despite owning a regular season victory over New England. It’s a highly unusual situation.”


    Pats were without 4 of their 5 best players in that game and they are (probably) all playing on Sunday. Plus Manning didn’t play the first time. He’s the worst QB in the NFL this year and much of last.

  90. truthdispensary says: Jan 18, 2016 12:42 PM

    A Cheater & a Criminal are going to be the highlight of the NFL season this year…great. Looking forward to not watching if that’s the case.

  91. truthdispensary says: Jan 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    @ bigsausagepizza12 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:14 PM

    Odds:

    Gronk push off 2:1
    Edelman pick play 1:1
    Amendola cheap shot 3:1
    Amendola injury 2:1
    Brady complain to refs 1:1
    _______________________________

    You forgot:

    Refs determine outcome of remaining playoff games 1:1

  92. quizlingclinic says: Jan 18, 2016 12:49 PM

    “footballmaven says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM
    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.


    Well he’s played 1 road game since 2006. That year he and the pats went 1-1 on the road in the playoffs.

    he’s 3-3 for his career in road playoff games.

    Manning on the other hand….

    Try again?

  93. rob471773 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:50 PM

    footballmaven says:

    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM

    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.

    —————–
    WRONG! In fact he’s won 2 AFC Championships on the road…do your research chief

    January 27, 2002 (AFC Title Game, in Pittsburgh)
    Patriots: 24
    Steelers: 17

    January 23, 2005 (AFC Title Game in Pittsburgh)
    Patriots: 41
    Steelers: 27

    January 14, 2007 (Divisional Round in San Diego)
    Patriots: 24
    Chargers: 21

  94. baltimorons says: Jan 18, 2016 12:53 PM

    Patriots will get killed. Can’t wait. Popcorn in hand.

  95. FreewayJim says: Jan 18, 2016 1:00 PM

    footballmaven says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM
    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.
    And until Carson Palmer shows me that he is not a choker (he was ready to hand that game to the packers the other night) , I’m giving the points…

    ————————————–

    Brady has only played one road playoff game since 2006 (2013 AFCCg at Denver) and the did beat #1 seed San Diego on the road in 2006 before losing at Indy the following week….they also won the AFCCG in 2004 at Pittsburgh….but thanks for playing.

  96. bonniebengal says: Jan 18, 2016 1:01 PM

    The “expert picks” have more significance than they used to because of Draft Kings and Fan Duel. The “experts” can steer a lot of people in the wrong direction, maybe intentionally.

  97. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 18, 2016 1:05 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Every team has injuries. You have who you have and it’s only about this game this week this year.

    These are the best 4 teams in football right now. Each can beat or lose to any other on a given day. This is where the legends happen, Malcom Butler. Let’s hope for a great performance from the players and officials and good luck to all. Hoping no one ends a season to an unnecessary injury.

  98. truetrue85 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:08 PM

    Brady went into Denver with a JV squad offense and put 24 points on the board missing Jules and Dola and without Gronkowski in the 4th quarter. Barring any kind of major injury (God forbid) or some seriously shady officiating (wouldn’t be a first in Denver) the Patriots should roll. I’m not trying to disrespect Peyton or this Denver team, their defense is legit and the ground game is for real… but Peyton just can’t hang with Brady in this day and age. As a fan I’m TRYING to find SOMETHING to be worried about going into Denver, but I just can’t. 31-17 Pats win… and that’s being generous.

  99. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:08 PM

    Jan. 17, 2015

    “All the Indianapolis Colts want is a completely level playing field. Thank you for being vigilant stewards of that not only for us but for the shield and overall integrity of our game.”

    Grigson

    how’d that work out for you?

  100. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 18, 2016 1:10 PM

    The defending super bowl champions are going to their fifth straight AFC title game. Spoiled in Patriot nation. Man, we got it good .

  101. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:13 PM

    baltimorons says:

    Patriots will get killed. Can’t wait. Popcorn in hand.
    ==============================

    same popcorn as last week when you said the chiefs would kill them?

  102. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 18, 2016 1:14 PM

    Heisman trophy
    College football championship
    Juco championship
    Pro bowler
    NFL MVP

    What’s next?

  103. jbdvks says: Jan 18, 2016 1:16 PM

    bleck5 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:43 AM

    jbdvks says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM
    What was the oddsmakers’ view on the shellacking of the Patriots by a certain Broncos BACKUP quarterback?

    _________

    What shellacking? The Pats were up 21-7 in the 3rd quarter until an unfortunate series of events happened. We had none of our key recievers and because of that a rookie muffed the punt putting the Broncos in good position to make a comenack. We also lost Hightower and Gronk and were in the recieving end of very questionable calls. Even then it still went to OT..

    Plus Brock is better than Peyton. And we all know the Pats play lights out and remember all their mistakes if their last two games in Denver. Bill will be ready for anything.

    ***********************

    You want to be the best?

    1. Play fair

    2. Don’t lose to a 2nd string QB.

    3. Win the easy games on your schedule and lock up home field.

    P.S. Denver too was not at full strength on both sides of the ball. No team is late in any season. No excuses. Win or go home.

  104. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:19 PM

    jbvks
    all fair points

  105. patswillreign says: Jan 18, 2016 1:22 PM

    if the Patriots end up winning the Super Bowl this year…

    “That Amendola hit against the Chiefs was dirty…they should’ve been disqualified from the playoffs. That deserves another asterisk…that was cheating. Also, the Pats paid the refs to get some calls to go their way…especially the roughing the passer calls on Brady. Oh and remember that one play when the refs didn’t call pass interference on Gronk…that deserves another asterisk too.” – Some Dumb Hater

  106. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:25 PM

    “Heisman trophy
    College football championship
    Juco championship
    Pro bowler
    NFL MVP

    What’s next?”

    If you’re talking about Russell Wilson what’s next is sitting on his couch watching the championship games and the Super Bowl that he will not be a participant in.

  107. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 18, 2016 1:25 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:02 AM

    Two joke franchises.

    Denver vs Arizona, with another Peyton Manning Super Bowl to top it off.
    ———————————

    What a coincidence that they are the 2 franchises that ended your shehawks season in defeat this year and last. What are the odds that the 2 teams that sent the legion of bust packing just happen to be 2 that are ‘joke franchises’?
    Just wondering what that says about a team that lost to them on a big stage…
    A little respect goes a long way

  108. portnoychunk says: Jan 18, 2016 1:33 PM

    broncoguy11 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 12:14 PM
    Pats fans quick to comment about their own injuries in the prior game vs Denver, but even faster they deny that denver was without Demarcus Ware and have not had Ryan Clady all year, in addition to other players that were not in the game. I believe Von Miller got hurt in that one too, but I might be wrong.

    But when injuries happen to New England, it means thats why they lost. Not because of ANY other reason.

    That said, it’ll be a tough game for Denver to win. It is harder to beat a non-divisional team twice in the same year. Go Broncos!

    ————–

    I think missing your top 2 receiving targets as well as your top 2 linebackers is a legit reason to think things may have ended differently the last time they played. Sure – Broncos are without Clady….but Pats also lost tackle Nate Solder, starting rb Dion Lewis, Ryan Wendell at oline, etc. over the course of the season. It’s akin to the Broncos not having Demarius Thomas, Emannuel Sanders, Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, and Ronnie Hillman and then thinking that wouldn’t have made a huge difference. I’m a Pats fan and will not feel confident in this game because the Pats never win in Denver. No point in blowing hot air until the Pats have shown they can win there.

  109. dejc421 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:34 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Jan 18, 2016 1:05 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Every team has injuries. You have who you have and it’s only about this game this week this year.

    These are the best 4 teams in football right now. Each can beat or lose to any other on a given day. This is where the legends happen, Malcom Butler. Let’s hope for a great performance from the players and officials and good luck to all. Hoping no one ends a season to an unnecessary injury.
    ______________
    Most accurate thing said. It’s the 4 best teams RIGHT NOW and for the next game only. The pre/in season power rankings mean #!$#, even worse are the reader comments arguing what teams should be ranked where when it in the end it means absolutely nothing.

  110. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:34 PM

    Heisman trophy
    College football championship
    Juco championship
    Pro bowler
    NFL MVP
    ======================

    harrison, i think he is referring to Cam Newton

    what’s next, probably Pro bowl?

  111. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:35 PM

    football maven is really football schlimazel

  112. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:41 PM

    Got me wondering,
    pre season power rankings:

    Seahawks, ok
    Patriots, ok
    Packers, ok
    Broncos, ok
    Colts, lol
    Cowboys, injury
    Ravens, injuries
    Cardinals, ok
    Steelers, ok
    Bengals, ok

    Except for the Colts not too bad, just completely missed the Panthers

  113. whodatgirl504 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:45 PM

    Go Cardinals, gotta root for my LSU boys on the team!!!

  114. bleck5 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:47 PM

    jbdvks says:
    Jan 18, 2016 1:16 PM

    You want to be the best?

    1. Play fair

    2. Don’t lose to a 2nd string QB.

    3. Win the easy games on your schedule and lock up home field.

    P.S. Denver too was not at full strength on both sides of the ball. No team is late in any season. No excuses. Win or go home.

    _____________

    Actually the loss to the Eagles a week after proved the Pats were doing everything they could in the wake of injuries and it wasnt enough as they are often times too much to overcome. If you did your research you would know Denver didnt even have a fraction of the injuries NE had. The amount of players Pats had on IR was similar to the amount that Giants and Ravens had. These three teams led the league in injuries. And we all saw how those teams had a very flat season compared to the Pats and others in the league. Now that Denver has to face a much healthier Pat team it wont be all that pretty. Im getting deja vu from that season where Steelers beat us in the regular season but we came back strong and knocked them off at their house!

  115. pantherpro says: Jan 18, 2016 2:00 PM

    Panthers to be Super Bowl champs! Seagags? Enjoy the off season!!!!

  116. dreadpirate88 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:02 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:32 AM
    So is there still anyone out there that doesn’t like to hire retread coaches? The final four teams all have retreads for coaches. And three out of the final four QBs were the #1 overall draft pick coming out of college.
    ———————————————

    Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians are on their first NFL head coaching jobs. Please explain how they are “retreads”.

  117. davew128 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:11 PM

    jmull23 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:13 AM

    It would be a grudge match for Panthers fans after all the cheating came out a few years ago. Several former players said it was like the Patriots already knew their plays in the 1st half.
    **************************
    Because no team with a struggling offense has EVER said that…..

  118. davew128 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:16 PM

    dave399 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:07 AM

    Ricky Proehl was also the WR that caught the go ahead touchdown for the Rams in SB 36, in a losing effort to the Patriots.
    ******************
    The Rams never led in that game…it was a game TYING touchdown.

  119. joker65 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:20 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 1:13 PM

    baltimorons says:

    Patriots will get killed. Can’t wait. Popcorn in hand.
    ==============================

    same popcorn as last week when you said the chiefs would kill them?
    ——–

    That popcorn must be getting old and stale.

  120. davew128 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:27 PM

    footballmaven says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM
    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.
    *******************************
    Psst. The Patriots/Brady won the AFCCG in 2002 and 2005 in PITTSBURGH…

  121. scjohnny says: Jan 18, 2016 2:40 PM

    Hope it happens being a Miami fan living in Carolina I get to see things i dont get to see much: Playoff Football & a chance to see the hatriots lose& last but not least Rodney harrison is forced to have to talk about the panthers for another week or two, seems to me the Panthers owe New England a Super L

  122. charliecharger says: Jan 18, 2016 2:40 PM

    Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians are on their first NFL head coaching jobs. Please explain how they are “retreads”.
    ———————
    Oh geez! I was thinking Rivera coached the Bears. Arians coached the Colts one year, but only as interim while Pagano was out.
    But, 3 out of four of the QBs left were the #1 overall pick in the draft. How ’bout I just go with that? But anyway, my point is that retread coaches aren’t necessarily bad coaches. Sometimes getting hooked up with a HOF QB will do wonders for a coaches’ career.

  123. ikeclanton says: Jan 18, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oddsmakers have the most likely outcome as Patriots/Panthers, then the Patriots/Cardinals in Super Bowl 50…

    Just goes to show the faith they have in Manning at this stage of his decline–even at home.

  124. therea1pmac says: Jan 18, 2016 2:54 PM

    I am an avid Patriots fan.

    That whole *** thing, that is just jealous fans. Everyone knows they deserve it, and actually the League owes them a pick or two in my opinion for the smear job.

    That being said guess what, Denver is not mailing it in. They ran all over NE last game and unless High, Collins and Jones come back, we are as ripe for the upset as ripe can be,

    Denver ain’t mailing it in…esp. at home…

  125. nyneal says: Jan 18, 2016 2:57 PM

    I am not a Patriots fan. Now that the Packers have been eliminated, there is one team I want to win the SB — the Patriots.

    I want to see if Goodell has the guts to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft and Tom Brady.
    My bet is he doesn’t. I would pay money just to see that little punk Goodell have to do that.

    So — go Patriots!! Anyone who doesn’t like that phoney Goodell should feel the same way!

  126. dwarftosser says: Jan 18, 2016 3:11 PM

    Arizona is the best team left… even without the Refs letting them get away with OPI every single play.

  127. azjohnny says: Jan 18, 2016 3:25 PM

    When a team is favored over another it’s not because the odds maker think they will win, it’s to encourage betting

  128. cakesw says: Jan 18, 2016 3:37 PM

    Talk about revisionist history…

    The Packers ran for about 130 yards vs the Cardinals on Saturday, and 75 of them came on 2 back to back runs in the 3rd…

    Other than that….Green Bay was racking up a bunch of 1-2 yard gains.

  129. 2dat says: Jan 18, 2016 3:49 PM

    Panthers / Broncos… A battle of the Big Headed QB’S.. One Figuratively, and One Literally !!!

  130. alcore1 says: Jan 18, 2016 3:53 PM

    I said it before the season started. The Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl this year! Go Panthers!!

  131. dexx57 says: Jan 18, 2016 3:59 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan but I think all 4 of the final teams could win the Siper Bowl. An “X factor” that can’t be counted out, though, is that Brady would be playing in his home area, he grew up a 49ers and would have a chance to win a 5th there.

  132. broncoguy11 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:00 PM

    footballmaven says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:45 AM
    Until Brady can win an away playoff game (he hasn’t won one in 15 years) I’m taking the points.
    *******************************
    Psst. The Patriots/Brady won the AFCCG in 2002 and 2005 in PITTSBURGH…
    **********************************

    I think what he meant to say was that Brady hasnt won an Away playoff game since 2006. Hes played 1 game away from home (besides the super bowl) since 2007 and lost it to Denver 2 years ago.

    That said, the better team will win Sunday. This isnt a legacy game or anything, I think clearly Brady has had a better career, just what appears to be the last meeting between the 2.

    remember – home playoff team in all of Brady-Manning matchups have won – including Manning being 2-1 in AFC championship games vs Brady.

  133. jjackwagon says: Jan 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    Brady-Manning again…almost like the NFL scripted it or something.

  134. turok39 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    Time to give up the cheating garbage, morons. The Pats have won……..again and without any supposed cheating. They are the best run team from the owner down to the players. Time to start looking towards your teams and their management if they’re not winning, not relying on lies.

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