Will it be the Denver Broncos, with their No. 1-ranked defense and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, that claims the title? This might be the declining Manning's last game as a pro, but it would be a very Manning-like thing to pull off one last great performance to win a championship, would it not? It's also a huge matchup for that talented, outstanding Broncos defense, facing a red-hot offense averaging over 30 points per game in the playoffs.
Or will it be the Carolina Panthers, with their league-MVP quarterback Cam Newton leading a no-name, yet highly efficient offense, and with their big-play defense, that wins the Lombardi Trophy this year? Including the playoffs, Newton has accounted for 50 touchdowns (38 passing, 12 rushing) in 18 games this season, which is a tough thing for a defense of any quality to slow down. And the Panthers have a solid defense, too, with a good line and elite playmakers in the back seven in Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman.
It's a good matchup, to be sure, but only one team can win. Who are you picking? Make your team and score prediction here, and then back your prediction up in the comments below.