The AFC Championship game takes place on Saturday with a matchup between the chalk. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos face off in a battle of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning once again, stable from a few years ago when Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts.
The two teams were favorites to both win their divisions and make it deep in the playoffs this season, which as we can see played out.
The two teams met previously this season with the Patriots getting the 34-31 win in overtime. It was a vintage game for Tom Brady, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, but it was more of a game from Manning that people expect in a playoff matchup, struggling to throw for 150 yards and turning it over twice.
I think New England has the edge in this matchup, mainly because Tom Brady has shredded Jack Del Rio's defense every time he's faced it and I don't think the Broncos pass rush is that great without Von Miller on the field. The Broncos also lost a starting corner, which Brady will undoubtedly exploit.
(2) New England Patriots vs. (1) Denver Broncos
Date: January 19
Game time: 3 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS
Odds: Broncos are 6-point favorites
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Online streaming: CBS Sports