Patriots, Panthers betting favorites to meet in Super Bowl 50

1:18 | NFL
Don't expect vintage Brady-Manning battle in AFC championship
Monday January 18th, 2016

The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers are betting favorites to meet in Super Bowl 50.

In the AFC championship game on Sunday, the Patriots are 3.5-point favorites to beat the Denver Broncos in multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Panthers are 3-point favorites to beat the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game.

“If we would have put this line up before the week, it probably would have been [Carolina] minus-2.5,” said Ed Salmons, head football oddsmaker at the SuperBook, according to ESPN. “But we just thought three was the right spot.”

DUCEY: A history of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady’s meetings

The Panthers topped the Seattle Seahawks, 31–24, on Sunday to advance to a conference championship game for the first time since losing the NFC title to the Seahawks in 2006.

On Saturday, New England knocked out the Kansas City Chiefs with a 27–20 win to advance to their fifth consecutive championship game. Last year’s Super Bowl winners will seek the chance to repeat against the Broncos in the 17th meeting between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

BANKS: Brady vs. Manning XVII is unlikely to be a classic​

The Patriots and Broncos will kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Panthers and Cardinals will follow at 6:40 p.m. ET.

- Erin Flynn

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.