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NFL Playoffs 2016: AFC, NFC championship start times, TV coverage, how to watch online, odds

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A quick guide to former Badgers and their teams wanting to play for an NFL championship.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Four NFL teams vie for two conference championships and the right to play in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. With that, four former Wisconsin Badgers could find themselves nearing professional football immortality a couple of weeks from today.

Last week, former Badgers Jared Abbrederis and Scott Tolzien's Green Bay Packers lost in heartbreaking fashion, 26-20, in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in a 31-0 hole in the first half, then fought back only to fall short by seven points to the Carolina Panthers, 31-24.

Here's what you need to know for today's championship games, along with the former Wisconsin standouts who want a taste of the Lombardi Trophy.

AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos -- 2:05 p.m. CT; CBS & CBS Sports (NE -4, 45 o/u)

  • New England Patriots -- Running back James White (40 receptions, 410 yards, four receiving touchdowns; two rushing touchdowns); running back Montee Ball (practice squad)
  • Denver Broncos -- Tight end Owen Daniels (46 receptions, 517 yards, 3 touchdowns)

NFC Championship Game:  Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers -- 5:40 p.m. CT; Fox & FoxSportsGo (CAR -3.5, 47.5 o/u)

  • Arizona Cardinals -- None
  • Carolina Panthers -- Punter Brad Nortman (45.4 yards per punt, 65 long, 20 punts inside opponent's 20-yard line)