The New England Patriots are taking on the Denver Broncos in the 2016 AFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon, January 24, 2016, at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Game time is 3:03 pm EDT and the game is on TV on CBS with announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
The winner of the 2016 AFC Championship game will be in Super Bowl 50 so the stakes for this NFL playoff game could not be any higher. Can Tom Brady lead the Patriots back to the Super Bowl this season to defend their title? Or will Peyton Manning be able to lead a team for the third time in his career to the Super Bowl? The Denver Broncos are trying to make their 8th Super Bowl in franchise history. The Patriots are gunning for their 9th appearance which would be a new Super Bowl record.
- New England Patriots -3 at Denver Broncos (O/U is 44)
Even though the New England Patriots are the road team playing in Mile High this Sunday afternoon they are a 3 point favorite in the betting odds this week to beat the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots are 13-4 this season. The four teams they lost to went a combined 35-29 (.546). The 13 teams the Patriots beat this season went a combined 99-114 (.465). Overall, the Patriots played teams with combined winning percentages of .484 this season.
Tom Brady has an NFL best 172-51 record as the Patriots starting QB in the regular season in his career. In the NFL playoffs, Brady has a record of 22-8 including winning four Super Bowls and reaching a NFL record six. Tom Brady is tied with Joe Montana for most Super Bowl MVP Awards at three each.
The Denver Broncos are 13-4 this season. The four teams they lost to went 38-28 (.576) this season. The 13 teams the Broncos beat this season went a combined 106-111 (.489). Overall, the Broncos played teams with combined winning percentages of .509.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has a great lifetime record of 186-79 as a starting quarterback in the NFL during the regular season. In the playoffs, though, Manning is just 12-13 as a starting QB and he has won just one Super Bowl and made just two in his career. Peyton Manning was the MVP in his lone Super Bowl win.
The over/under for the game is 44 points. The Patriots averaged 29 points scored per game while the Broncos averaged 22 points scored per game this season. The Patriots defense gave up 20 points per game while the Broncos defense gave up 19 points per game.
This AFC Championship game has a ton of juice this week because it features two NFL teams in the Patriots and Broncos and two NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning who have a ton of Super Bowl experience fighting to make it back to the biggest game in the world.
If the Patriots win this game they will break the record for most Super Bowl appearances by a team at nine. Also, Tom Brady can break the record for most appearances by a player at seven and Bill Belichick can break the record for most appearances as a coach and head coach at 10 in the Super Bowl if the Patriots win this game.
If the Broncos win the game they can tie the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys for most appearances in a Super Bowl by a team at eight. Who will win the game and make history? Tune in Sunday afternoon to find out in what should be a great game.