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We are down to the top four teams in the AFC. The Denver Broncos (13-3), New England Patriots (12-4), Houston Texans (13-4) and Baltimore Ravens (11-6) will all play this weekend in the divisional round.
So which team will represent the AFC conference in this year's Super Bowl in New Orleans?
Will it be the top-seeded Broncos? Denver enters the playoffs on a roll, winning 11 straight games. The Broncos will host the Ravens, a team that quarterback Peyton Manning has owned in the past. Can Manning pull off two more victories and lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl during his first year in Denver?
Or will it be Baltimore? The Ravens are the underdogs but will be on an emotional high thanks to linebacker Ray Lewis. The future Hall of Famer will retire after this season, and Baltimore wants to send Lewis out a winner. Can the Ravens get Lewis to the Super Bowl one more time?
The second-seeded Patriots also have a shot. New England will host the Texans Sunday and are 2-1 against the three other teams in the AFC. The Patriots beat Denver and Houston but lost to the Ravens. Can New England repeat as AFC champs?
Finally, we have the Texans. Houston has looked shaky in the past month but anything can happen in the playoffs. Can the Texans upset New England at Gillette Stadium and win another game to represent the AFC?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which team will be the AFC champion. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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