Two familiar foes are set to square off for the AFC Championship this Sunday. The New England Patriots will head to the Rockies to face the Denver Broncos.
Much of the attention will be on the two future hall of famers at quarterback, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and rightfully so.
NEXT WEEK: THE MATCHUP BRADY vs MANNING pic.twitter.com/pGR9IN6OVi
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 13, 2014
Past history has shown that the winner of this game has gone on to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have met 3 times career in the postseason. Home team has won each time, AND won the Super Bowl. — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2014
The Kentucky Wildcats will be well represented in Sunday’s title game as well. Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Jacob Tamme all have a chance to get to a Super Bowl.
All three have contributed to the Broncos’ success this season. All three played well in their first matchup against New England in Foxborough. Tamme had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Woodyard and Trevathan combined for 13 tackles and 15 assists in a game that literally slipped through Denver’s fingers.
Woodyard, Trevathan and the rest of the Broncos’ linebackers won’t have to worry about Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski in coverage this time around. He has been shut down for the season due to injury.
One potential problem that did present itself is the downhill running of LaGarrette Blount. He ran for 166 yards on 24 carries and found the end zone four times in New England’s 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Slowing him down will be a difficult task. They can’t give him to much respect because even though Tom Brady was quiet last week he is still capable of performing surgery in the passing game.
It will be a nice game within the game. Denver has to walk a fine line for sure. If they are able to do so it will be nice seeing three former Cats in chilly (at best) New York City playing on Super Sunday.