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SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

3TFO: Patriots @ Broncos, AFC Championship |
This Sunday will be the fifteenth game featuring Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and the third time that the legendary quarterbacks have met in the AFC Championship Game.

AFC Championship News

What to watch for: Championship Week viewing tips -
The four teams that are playing on Championship Weekend faced off not so long ago. So what's changed since then? Gregg Rosenthal gets you ready for a big Sunday.

Wes Welker to teammates: Super Bowls don't come easy | USA Today
Young Wes Welker, the twenty-something New England Patriot, once thought trips to the Super Bowl came easy. Present-day Wes Welker, the 32-year-old Denver Bronco, has discovered it isn't quite that simple.

Rod Smith Believes in Broncos |
Rod Smith, who will serve as an honorary game captain on Sunday, said he believes now is the Broncos' time.

Recalling the 2005 AFC Title Game |
Independent Analyst Andrew Mason takes a look back at the 2005 AFC Championship game.

Broncos Fired Up for Sunday |
Broncos players couldn't contain their excitement with Sunday's AFC Championship Game on the horizon.

Welcome to Matt Patricia's World - Pats Pulpit
The man charged with rebuilding the defense may have his biggest challenge this Sunday.

AFC Championship: Breaking down the (silly) numbers | Cover 32
As the AFC Championship looms ever closer, more and more statistics and factoids come to the fore, purporting to predict, in some fashion, the game’s outcome.

Special Teams Play Could Be Difference Maker In Broncos-Patriots Game - Predominantly Orange
Much has been made of the Broncos’ offense and defense, but this is a three-phase game.

AFC Championship Video

'Playbook': New England Patriots offense vs. Denver Broncos defense - NFL Videos
Which New England Patriots running back is poised for a big game and why could Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips ruin their plan? "NFL Playbook" explains.

'Playbook': Denver Broncos offense vs. New England Patriots defense - NFL Videos
Will Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno play a key role in the AFC Championship? How will New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick force Peyton Manning into turnovers?

'Playbook': Triangle offense for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning - NFL Videos
The "NFL Playbook" crew explains how both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning are using triangular plays to perfection.

AFC Championship: It's Time |
The week of preparation is over and kickoff be here soon, Broncos TV gets fans fired up for Sunday's win or go home against the Patriots.

NFL Related News

Friday Game Plan: The official at the center of Seattle-San Francisco | The MMQB
Over the top? Maybe, but there’s no denying umpire Bill Schuster will have his hands full when the Seahawks and 49ers meet for the NFC title game. How will he and the rest of the officiating crew handle the chippiness between enemies?

How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington affects the NFL | The MMQB
It’s legal to light up in both Denver and Seattle this weekend, and marijuana is approved for medicinal use in some 20 states. Is it time the NFL relaxed its ban on a drug seen by many players as benign and therapeutic?

The X-factor matchups for each game -
The NFL's Final Four. The Conference Championship Weekend. We're there, ladies and gentlemen. Danny Kelly breaks down the matchups that matter.

How the Seahawks, 49ers built winning teams -
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are two of the best teams in the NFL right now. Jason Chilton looks closer at how each team was built.

Kellen Winslow Jr. allegedly gets lost looking for Boston Market, masturbates -
We know Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested for synthetic marijuana in November, but court documents tell us a story about how the arrest came to be. It all adds up suddenly.

Secret Superstars: Championship Round |
Before the season began, this would have gone down as the dream final four for the 2013 season. The quarterback rivalry that has defined the past decade in the NFL in the AFC Championship Game, and the league’s best rivalry on the NFC side of things.

3TFO: 49ers @ Seahawks, NFC Championship |
In what many prognosticators predicted when training camp opened back in July, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will meet on Sunday to decide who represents the NFC in two weeks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Salary cap mailbag | National Football Post
I get a lot of questions on Twitter relating to NFL contracts and the salary cap. However, Twitter isn’t designed for thorough answers with its 140 character limit. Below are more in-depth answers to five interesting or important questions I received from followers on Twitter this past week.

Championship Game Preview: San Francisco at Seattle | Football Perspective
It’s Carroll-Harbaugh X! Okay, the Whats Your Deal Bowl may not have quite the hype of Brady/Manning XV, but don’t tell that to folks on the West Coast. Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh are longtime rivals who have managed to alienate 31 other fanbases in the NFL. For the record, Harbaugh holds a 6-3 record over Carroll, including a 4-2 mark in the NFL.

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