NFL Playoffs 2016 Betting Odds: Panthers, Patriots favorites ahead of conference championships

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NFL Playoffs 2016_Panthers, Patriots betting favorites ahead of conference championship

The National Football League (NFL) conference championships will decide the participants of the Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016. Ahead of the Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady duel; majority of the bettors are backing the New England Patriots as they travel to face Denver Broncos.

The Patriots are tagged as 3-point favorites to win the game, according to Odds Shark.

New England faced Denver on Nov. 29, last year and the Broncos won the game 30-24 as a 2.5-point home underdog. Manning did not feature for Broncos in that game and it was Brock Osweiler filling in as the quarterback. Osweiler threw for 270 yards and scored one touchdown. Brady on the other hand threw 280 yards with three touchdowns for the Patriots.

The Broncos are coming into the game after a 23-16 home victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional round playoffs. Manning started as a quarterback for Denver throwing 222 yards with no touchdowns. Running back Cortrelle Javon Anderson ran for 72 yards with a rushing TD in the match.

The Patriots managed a 27-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday. They were the 6-point home betting favorites going into the match. New England quarterback Brady threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdowns for the Patriots.

Meanwhile, in the other conference championship face off, the Carolina Panthers will take on the Arizona Cardinals, second year in a row on Sunday. The Panthers are tagged as 3-point home favorites to win the tie.

The Panthers and the Cardinals faced against each other on NFL Wild Card Weekend last season. The Panthers strolled with a 27-16 win, being 5.5-point betting favorites. Arizona last won against Carolina in 2013, playing as the 3-point home underdog.

The Panthers are coming into the match after their 31-24 home victory over Seattle Seahawks while the Cardinals won over Green Bay Packers, 23-20 at home.

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