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TV’s biggest names weigh-in on the NFL’s biggest game

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:00 PM

Jesse Palmer attends the launch of Hublot's latest timepiece with Paris Saint-Germain Team.Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Hublot

Jesse Palmer attends the launch of Hublot’s latest timepiece with Paris Saint-Germain Team.

Anchors away!

Super Bowl Sunday turned into a battle of the network stars when we asked big time TV talent to pick between Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers and Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos.

The game is on CBS at 6:30 p.m., but stars from every network will be tuned-in.

“Good Morning America” correspondent Jesse Palmer, who was also the Giants backup quarterback from 2001 to 2004, says that Carolina will hoist the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.

“I think the Panthers will win 24-20 because of Cam Newton and their defense,” he tells [email protected]

His ABC colleague Amy Robach is also Team Newton.

“I’m rooting for the Carolina Panthers – gotta’ go for the Southern team given my roots!” says Robach, who worked for NBC in Charleston, SC before jumping to ABC. She’ll be rushing home from “GMA” anchor Sara Haines’ baby shower to watch the game with her actor husband Andrew Shue and their kids.

ABC’s undecided Lara Spencer loves Cam, but asks “If it is Peyton’s last game, wouldn’t that be the most incredible way to wrap up a terrific career?”

ABC News legal analyst Ryan Smith will in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium watching the game live. He too expects a Panthers win.

“Cam and that Carolina Panthers defense are just too strong,” he says. “I’m calling it 34-20 Panthers.”

Willie Geist USA Network's "Donny!" at The Rainbow Room.Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Willie Geist USA Network’s “Donny!” at The Rainbow Room.

NBC “Today” show host Willie Geist plans to watch the game from a bar in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the presidential primaries are the sport of the moment. He anticipates a 27-17 Panthers win and a changing of the guard as “Cam Newton takes the torch from Peyton.”

Peacock Network correspondent Tamron Hall will be in New Hampshire this weekend too, where she expects to see Carolina win by a 27-14 score.

“Panthers!” she predicts. “Cam Newton is the QB of the future. Size, speed, depth.”

Hall’s colleague Al Roker, a man with some experience in forecasting the future, plans to watch the Super Bowl from the comfort of his own home, citing “better food” and “cleaner bathrooms” as his reasons.

“I want Peyton to win, since I gotta’ root for the “old” guy, but I think it’s Cam Newton’s year,” says Roker. His prediction: “70-30 Rain showers.”

Today’s Natalie Morales will also watch from home because she wants to hear the commercials.

“Carolina has been pretty much unbeatable all year, (but) if this is truly Peyton’s last rodeo, then I want him to go out on top,” she said.

Longtime CBS play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, now with Fox Sports, will be at the Westside Tavern in Chelsea watching the game.

“Carolina wins because Superman is their QB!” he says. “Final score: 35-17.”

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