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SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

New England Patriots
Sun., January 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM MT
Denver Broncos




255.4 (10th) Pass Off. 340.2 (1st)
129.1 (9th) Rush Off. 117.1 (15th)
239.0 (18th) Pass Def. 254.4 (27th)
134.1 (30th) Rush Def. 101.6 (7th)
13-4 Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado 14-3
2nd Seed Spread: Broncos -5.5 1st Seed
MHR Scout: Patriots Offense Patriots Defense7 Keys to the Game5 QuestionsHorse Tracks

As of this posting, we Broncos fans are at the eleventh hour. The Day has finally arrived. The Game we have all anxiously waited for is now upon us. One of the greatest AFC/NFC Championship doubleheaders in NFL History is about to begin!

The road to the Super Bowl is never easy, but most of us should relish the opportunity the Broncos have at exorcising so many demons on the way to destiny. They must beat teams that have beaten them earlier in the season in order to even have a chance at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. We love revenge games, but its still Tom Brady.

Brady and the Patriots represent the greatest dynasty since the San Francisco 49ers from the early 80's to mid 90's. If Peyton Manning and the Broncos want another change to win it all, they will have to take it away from a man and franchise who have played in five of the big games since 2001 - more than any other team during that span.

The difference this year as opposed to years past, the Broncos have assembled an overwhelming array of offensive weapons that could easily overrun any team - even one led by the venerable Tom Brady. The issue is execution. We still have not seen a complete game from Peyton Manning and these Broncos, but they don't necessarily need one. The Patriots do, but the Broncos only need to execute on five to seven drives.

"It's going to a barnburner" -John Elway

The hated Pete Prisco agrees. For a change, he is taking the Broncos today. This is very out of character for him, so even he cannot deny the mismatches that Denver creates on the offensive side of the ball. The only question is, can Tom Brady keep pace?

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