The New England Patriots are set to travel to Denver next Sunday at 3 p.m. for an AFC Championship showdown with the Broncos. The two clubs have already met this season and this meeting will mark the fourth postseason duel between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
The winner of this tilt will advance to the Super Bowl to play either the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks.
New England knocked off the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round, 43-22, behind four LeGarrette Blount rushing touchdowns. Denver defeated San Diego in their divisional playoff, 24-17, with Manning tossing two touchdown passes.
New England defeated Denver 34-31 back on November 29th in a game in which the Patriots posted 31 unanswered points, claiming a come from behind victory.
The Patriots are a vastly different ball club since these teams last squared off, as they have morphed from a dynamic aerial attacking offense into a power running team. The Broncos have stayed consistent in their ways for the most part.
As if a trip to the Super Bowl being on the line wasn’t enough, arguably the best quarterback rivalry in the history of the NFL will once again be rekindled.
Brady holds a 10-4 record in head-to-head meetings with Manning, including a 2-1 record against him in the playoffs.
Mannning is 0-2 against New England since joining Denver last season.