Published on January 19th, 2016 | by Perry
Super Bowl 50 Odds Update for the Conference Championship of the 2015-16 NFL Playoffs
The divisional round was insane, wasn’t it? Aaron Rodgers threw another Hail Mary, Larry Fitzgerald lost his mind, the Panthers’ offense went berserk (momentarily), and Fitz Toussaint had an error to remember the rest of his life. Will it be just as nuts in the NFL Conference Championship?
NFL Conference Championship update – Closer to the top
AFC Championship game – New England Patriots (+190) at Denver Broncos (+425)
The Broncos beat an injury-riddled Pittsburgh squad in the divisional round but they could care less, as they’re now a win away from appearing in the Super Bowl. New England’s loss to Miami in the regular season finale must be haunting the Pats, as they could’ve been that team playing this week in Foxborough instead. Nevertheless, bookmakers are treating the defending champs as three-point road chalks.
These two teams have already met this season with the Broncos handing New England its first loss of the season 30-24 in overtime back in November. Brock Osweiler took over the snaps in that game with Peyton Manning out with an injury, but it was Denver’s backfield, which keyed the win. Overall, the Broncos rushed for 179 yards and three scores, including C.J. Anderson’s game-winning 48-yard touchdown run in OT.
NFC Championship game – Arizona Cardinals (+325) at Carolina Panthers (+200)
It was a tale of two halves for the Panthers in their divisional round win over Seattle. In the first half, Cam Newton had the offense running on full tank. The following half, the Panthers looked like they were running on fumes. Fortunately for Carolina, its 31-point explosion in the first two quarters was enough to keep off the Seahawks in a Panthers 31-24 victory. Up against a well-rounded Arizona team with so few exploitable holes, the Panthers can’t afford to take their foot off a pedal at any point of the game this Sunday.
As for the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald likely get the Josh Norman treatment, putting the onus other wide receivers and the team’s backfield to produce. Worth noting is the fact that this game would be the first time in NFL history that two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks will face each other in the playoffs as starters.