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AFC, NFC championship game schedule: 2015 conference matchups set

Four teams will be vying for a trip to Super Bowl 50 next weekend. Denver will try to stave off New England in the AFC, while the NFC matchup features two fresh faces in Carolina and Arizona.

A wild, closely-contested, highly entertaining weekend of NFL playoff football just reached its conclusion in Denver, and we now know which four teams will be playing for a trip to Super Bowl 50 next weekend. Here are your AFC and NFC championship game matchups, and where and when you'll be able to catch them live.

Broncos (13-4) vs. Patriots (13-4)

  • Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
  • TV (announcers): CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

Be honest: are you truly surprised that we'll have another Brady-Manning matchup with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line? This is New England's fifth straight trip to the AFC championship game, while for Denver, it's their second trip in the last three seasons. Denver beat New England in Denver back in Week 12, 30-24 in overtime, when Brock Osweiler was Denver's starting quarterback, and when the Patriots were missing Julian Edelman.

Panthers (16-1) vs. Cardinals (14-3)

  • Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • TV (announcers): FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)

Seattle's two-year run in the NFC is over at the hands of Carolina, giving the conference a breath of fresh air with the Super Bowl looming. This matchup feels fresh, between two burgeoning NFC powerhouses, and it also calls back to last year's wild card round, when Carolina upset Arizona at home to advance to the divisional round. Both teams are significantly better since that game was played - with the Cardinals' quarterback situation the biggest glaring difference - and this should be a hum-dinger of a game.

Who are you rooting for next weekend, Bills fans?