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Conference title games: Cards at Panthers, Pats at Broncos

10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago January 18, 2016 Jan 18, 2016 Monday, January 18 2016 January 18, 2016 8:57 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

DENVER - The championship games are set, with the top two seeds in each conference coming through with victories over the weekend.

In the AFC, it will be the New England Patriots at the Denver Broncos; in the NFC it's the Arizona Cardinals at the Carolina Panthers. The winners meet in the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California on Feb. 7.

And what a group of star players, featuring yet another Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady showdown.

Manning and the Broncos took a late lead and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16 on Sunday in Denver. A day earlier, Brady led the defending Super Bowl champions to 27-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We'll enjoy this one tonight. I think you knew that answer was coming," Manning said. "To kind of quote Bill Belichick, we'll be on to New England. But I'll be talking about them on Wednesday."

In the NFC, it'll be Cam Newton leading his team against the Cardinals and standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 on Sunday, a day after the Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime.

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