No Pressure On The Battle-Hardened Patriots In Denver
By Adam Hurst
The best of the AFC meet as the top-seeded Denver Broncos face off against the New England Patriots on Sunday to crown a new AFC Champion with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Tom Brady had pedestrian numbers this season when comparing them to previous years, but the Patriots still managed to outsmart the rest of the AFC and reach the AFC title game for the eighth time in 13 years. New England seems to have shed its dynasty label, reverting back to its original underdog role. But history has shown that the Patriots thrive as an underdog. What should that mean for the Denver Broncos?
Peyton Manning had another remarkable season, notching career highs in passing yardage (5,477) and touchdowns (55), while once again leading the Broncos to the playoffs with home field advantage. That's Manning for you, tremendous in the regular season, but not sure what you will get in the playoffs. The pressure is on Peyton despite already winning a Super Bowl. Manning must prove his critics wrong in the playoffs this year to solidify his postion in NFL history.
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