AFC championship game 2016 could be last dance for two of NFL’s greatest QBs Broncos vs Patriots

AFC championship game 2016 :As he lay in his bed in New Orleans, #AFC championship game# the kid had a dream. Peyton Manning listened to cassette tapes of his famous father Archie’s games at the University of Mississippi. He memorized the players, their hometowns. In his dream, Peyton wanted to play quarterback like his dad.
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Now a lot of kids have a dream. They want to be like Peyton Manning, many of whom are named after him in Indiana and Colorado. He makes the imagination run wild. For 17 years, Manning has broken every meaningful NFL passing record. He threw for 55 touchdowns in 2013.

His legacy of greatness remains breathtaking — except by comparison to one man. For the past 15 years, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have intersected in arguably the NFL’s most meaningful moments. They have played 16 times. Manning owns five victories, Brady 11.

In the past, when both were at their zenith, Sunday would be billed as the War of 1812. This AFC championship game has taken on a different narrative, a nod to Denver’s top-ranked defense and suddenly prolific running game.

It is the AFC championship with a Super Bowl berth at stake. But when it comes to Manning and Brady, it feels like a last dance.

“All I can say about Tom Brady is he plays the position the way it’s supposed to be played,” Manning said. “He’s extremely talented. He’s a very hard worker, very competitive guy and he just plays the position the right way. When you do that, there’s a reason you play for a long time and play well for a long time. There have been a lot of different players that have played in 16 of those games, but as the quarterback, it’s always been a great honor and privilege to have competed against him that many times over the course of the past 16, 17 years.”

Brady views Manning with mutual respect, reflecting how they are more alike than different. First man at practice, last to leave. High football IQ. #AFC championship game#

“Just his consistency, the durability, his ability to always seem to come through,” Brady said on what he admires about Manning. “He’s just been an incredible player, and incredible leader for his team.”

Five NFL playoff meetings for Peyton Manning, Tom Brady

It helps the rivalry that they have made a habit of meeting when it matters most, five times in the playoffs, more than any two quarterbacks in NFL history. Sunday marks the fourth time in the conference title game. Manning is 2-1. Consider that John Elway and Dan Marino, whose careers paralleled, played only three times and only once in the postseason.

It strains the imagination to believe Manning will be in this position again. He is 39 with an uncertain future in Denver given the expected transition to Brock Osweiler. Manning has admitted in recent weeks that the torn plantar fascia in his left foot caused him to reflect. He has made a point to enjoy this week, to soak up the moments on the advice of coach Gary Kubiak.

Manning vs. Brady one more time, probably for the last time.

“It’s been a great rivalry. I don’t know that there’s been another one like it when you think of the number of times they have played. You know the history with it, they are both first-ballot Hall of Famers,” said Elway, the Broncos general manager. “I don’t know that there’s another one like it. I think it’s nice to have it here at home. It’s what you work for all year to get to this point.”

For Brady, this has become a regular subway stop in the New England express. This is Brady’s 10th AFC championship game, and his fifth consecutive. The last team to pull this off was the Oakland Raiders, whose streak of dominance ended at the hands of the Broncos’ Orange crush in 1977. Brady is 38 and aging like Benjamin Button. He looks as comfortable in the pocket now as he does in a pair of Uggs.

“Few have his makeup,” said Tom House, a former pitching coach and rotational mechanics guru who has worked with Brady and believes he can excel into his 40s. “Few have that dominating belief and ability to focus and concentrate on the process like Brady.”

The idea that Manning and Brady would intersect in the record books, in pop culture and on any list of great rivalries is hard to fathom. They grew up in opposite ends of the country. Manning spent his childhood in New Orleans. He starred at Isidore Newman School. He morphed into the nation’s top recruit, bucking convention and attending the University of Tennessee rather than Ole Miss. The Indianapolis Colts made him the No. 1 pick in 1998.

Brady was a late bloomer. According to “Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Changed the NFL,” Brady’s freshman team at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., went 0-8 and didn’t score a touchdown. And Brady wasn’t good enough to start. Lightly recruited, Brady went to Michigan, going 20-5 as a starter while constantly looking over his shoulder. The Patriots drafted him with the 199th pick in 2000.

All he has done since is win four Super Bowl rings and create a compelling case that he’s the greatest quarterback of all time.

“Tom Brady and (coach) Bill Belichick,” said Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib when asked to explain the Patriots’ success, while noting there’s no one tougher to face in the playoffs than Brady. “That’s the common denominator, the two things that have been there the whole time. It’s a great show when Manning and Brady play. It’s extra cameras, extra media. Of course everybody wants to see them compete against each other.”
Divergent paths for two of NFL’s greatest QBs

Comparisons surfaced last week between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The common thread is excellence and contests deciding championships. Bird and Magic, in the eyes of many, saved the NBA. Manning and Brady elevated the NFL as leading characters in the sport’s mushrooming popularity.

Time is short for Manning. He has not decided whether he will play next season. If he walks off into an orange sunset as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, breaking Elway’s record, why would he continue? His legacy is safe. And it will always be one of preparation. Manning revolutionized the quarterback position, turning it into “a science,” as former NFL MVP Rich Gannon put it. Manning’s brain is the “All-22” film, calculating where everyone should be on every play, creating breathtaking accuracy on well-timed passes.

Brady, too, rolls up his sleeves. His study is slightly different. He seems to understand his own offense better than any player in the league. He excels at winning one-on-one matchups, and no one functions as independently as him. Brady wins when he throws 50 times, he wins without a running attack, he wins with receivers known only by close friends and relatives.

“As far as Tom Brady is concerned, I don’t think he’s a crybaby, I don’t think he’s a whiner. I think he’s a great competitor,” Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “They say you can’t pass every down and win. He can.”

Their path to this meeting was unique, if not painful. Manning missed six games with his foot injury and led the league in interceptions until the final week of the season. Brady played with the specter of Deflategate hanging over him, his four-game ban lifted just days before opening day. He turned this season into a middle- finger redemption tour.

In the end, the two aren’t known for injuries or controversies. They are known for their games together. Manning vs. Brady. One last dance?

“I think playing someone 17 times is pretty cool; especially someone as great as him,” Brady said. “To play against those Peyton Manning-led teams, you know you’ve got to play 60 minutes and you’re going to be in for a tough game.”
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady XVII

Peyton Manning’s career once again intersects with Tom Brady. NFL reporter Troy E. Renck with some of the important nuggets by the numbers:

17 — the most meetings ever between two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, breaking the mark of Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr
5 — Times meeting in the playoffs, most by any two quarterbacks in NFL history
5 — Consecutive AFC championship game appearances for Brady, 10th overall.
2-2 — Record between the two in the postseason.
2-1 — Manning’s record against Brady in AFC championship games.
2-6 — Brady’s record in Denver.
3 — TD passes for Brady in Denver this season.
1 — TD pass for Manning in Denver this season.
0 — The number of times either quarterback has won on the road in this matchup.


TOM BRADY HEAD TO HEAD PEYTON MANNING
11-5 Record 5-11
250.8 Passing yards per game 300.6
7.3 Yards per attempt 7.3
31 Touchdowns 33
13 Interceptions 22

TOM BRADY POSTSEASON NUMBERS PEYTON MANNING
22-8 Record 12-13
63.1 Completion percentage 63.7
7,647 Passing yards 7,022
55 Passing touchdowns 38

News source: [The Denver Post]

How to watch AFC Championship Game 2016 live stream | Patriots vs Broncos

AFC Championship Game 2016 | A trip to Super Bowl 50 is on the line in this battle between the AFC’s top seeds and two legendary quarterbacks. The AFC Championship between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots certainly doesn’t lack for compelling storylines.

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The conference’s top two seeds? Check. The league’s most dominant defense vs. one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks? Check. Two Hall of Fame signal callers adding yet another chapter to their epic rivalry? Check. A trip to Super Bowl 50 at stake? Check.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet on the field Sunday for the 17th time overall, the fifth time in the postseason and the fourth time in a conference championship. Brady owns the bragging rights in the head-to-head series with an 11-5 advantage in their previous 16 matchups. But it’s a different tune in the postseason, where they’ve split their four contests and Manning has won two of the three times they’ve squared off in the AFC title game.

While the names on the back of the jerseys might be the same as they were in their first meeting a decade and a half ago, Brady-Manning XVII is far different from the previous versions and likely won’t be the pure quarterback duel it once was.

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The 38-year-old Brady remains an elite, MVP-caliber quarterback and continues to be the engine that drives the Patriots’ prolific and efficient offense. Manning, who will turn 40 in March, is nowhere near the same guy he was in his prime as injuries and age have turned him into a shell of his former self. No longer able to carry the team with his arm, he is now forced to rely on his teammates more than ever to win games.

Playing on this big of a stage is business as usual for Brady, who is appearing in his 10th conference championship game. That number is not only the most appearances by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era (and three more than Joe Montana), but it’s also more than 27 franchises.

He has excelled in these pressure-filled games, going 6-3 with a Super Bowl berth on the line. However, that breaks down to a 1-2 record vs. Manning-led teams and 5-1 vs. everyone else. Another ugly statistical note working against Brady is his six losses in eight games played in Denver, his worst winning percentage in any AFC city. He has never won a postseason contest at Mile High, losing in the 2013 AFC Championship and the 2005 Divisional round.

Despite enduring a miserable 2-4 skid in their final six regular season contests, Brady has the Patriots one win away from playing for the franchise’s ninth ring. If they get to Santa Clara, the Pats would break a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history.

The Broncos might enter this title game showdown with the lesser quarterback, but they do have a superior defense and a never-say-die mentality that has helped them win plenty of close games this season. They topped the defensive leaderboards in total yards per game, passing yards per game, and sacks while ranking fourth in points allowed. Denver’s defense also contributed five touchdowns, a number surpassed by only two other teams.

With such a limited offense, the margin for error has been razor-thin for the Broncos this season and that’s led to a slew of tightly contested matchups. They’ve thrived in these pressure-filled settings, going 9-3 during the regular season in games decided by seven points or fewer — the most such victories in the league —  and 3-0 in overtime. Gary Kubiak’s club was at its best in crunch time, leading the NFL with five fourth-quarter comeback wins.

With two legends looking to add to their Hall of Fame credentials, an enticing chess match between the NFL’s ultimate game planner (Bill Belichick) and the league’s most dominant defense, plus a trip to Super Bowl 50 on the line, this should be a fantastic game to kick off Championship Sunday. ##AFC Championship Game 2016##

Broncos vs. Patriots 2016 AFC championship game could be last dance for two of NFL’s Greatest QBs

As he lay in his bed in New Orleans, the kid had a dream. Peyton Manning listened to cassette tapes of his famous father Archie’s games at the University of Mississippi. He memorized the players, their hometowns. In his dream, Peyton wanted to play quarterback like his dad.
Broncos vs. Patriots 2016 AFC championship game could be last dance for two of NFL's Greatest QBsNow a lot of kids have a dream. They want to be like Peyton Manning, many of whom are named after him in Indiana and Colorado. He makes the imagination run wild. For 17 years, Manning has broken every meaningful NFL passing record. He threw for 55 touchdowns in 2013.

His legacy of greatness remains breathtaking — except by comparison to one man. For the past 15 years, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have intersected in arguably the NFL’s most meaningful moments. They have played 16 times. Manning owns five victories, Brady 11.

In the past, when both were at their zenith, Sunday would be billed as the War of 1812. This AFC championship game has taken on a different narrative, a nod to Denver’s top-ranked defense and suddenly prolific running game.It is the AFC championship with a Super Bowl berth at stake. But when it comes to Manning and Brady, it feels like a last dance.

“All I can say about Tom Brady is he plays the position the way it’s supposed to be played,” Manning said. “He’s extremely talented. He’s a very hard worker, very competitive guy and he just plays the position the right way. When you do that, there’s a reason you play for a long time and play well for a long time. There have been a lot of different players that have played in 16 of those games, but as the quarterback, it’s always been a great honor and privilege to have competed against him that many times over the course of the past 16, 17 years.”Brady views Manning with mutual respect, reflecting how they are more alike than different. First man at practice, last to leave. High football IQ.

“Just his consistency, the durability, his ability to always seem to come through,” Brady said on what he admires about Manning. “He’s just been an incredible player, and incredible leader for his team.meeting when it matters most, five times in the playoffs, more than any two quarterbacks in NFL history. Sunday marks the fourth time in the conference title game. Manning is 2-1. Consider that John Elway and Dan Marino, whose careers paralleled, played only three times and only once in the postseason.

It strains the imagination to believe Manning will be in this position again. He is 39 with an uncertain future in Denver given the expected transition to Brock Osweiler. Manning has admitted in recent weeks that the torn plantar fascia in his left foot caused him to reflect. He has made a point to enjoy this week, to soak up the moments on the advice of coach Gary Kubiak.

Manning vs. Brady one more time, probably for the last time.

“It’s been a great rivalry. I don’t know that there’s been another one like it when you think of the number of times they have played. You know the history with it, they are both first-ballot Hall of Famers,” said Elway, the Broncos general manager. “I don’t know that there’s another one like it. I think it’s nice to have it here at home. It’s what you work for all year to get to this point.”

For Brady, this has become a regular subway stop in the New England express. This is Brady’s 10th AFC championship game, and his fifth consecutive. The last team to pull this off was the Oakland Raiders, whose streak of dominance ended at the hands of the Broncos’ Orange crush in 1977. Brady is 38 and aging like Benjamin Button. He looks as comfortable in the pocket now as he does in a pair of Uggs.”Few have his makeup,” said Tom House, a former pitching coach and rotational mechanics guru who has worked with Brady and believes he can excel into his 40s. “Few have that dominating belief and ability to focus and concentrate on the process like Brady.”

The idea that Manning and Brady would intersect in the record books, in pop culture and on any list of great rivalries is hard to fathom. They grew up in opposite ends of the country. Manning spent his childhood in New Orleans. He starred at Isidore Newman School. He morphed into the nation’s top recruit, bucking convention and attending the University of Tennessee rather than Ole Miss. The Indianapolis Colts made him the No. 1 pick in 1998.

Brady was a late bloomer. According to “Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Changed the NFL,” Brady’s freshman team at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., went 0-8 and didn’t score a touchdown. And Brady wasn’t good enough to start. Lightly recruited, Brady went to Michigan, going 20-5 as a starter while constantly looking over his shoulder. The Patriots drafted him with the 199th pick in 2000.All he has done since is win four Super Bowl rings and create a compelling case that he’s the greatest quarterback of all time.

“Tom Brady and (coach) Bill Belichick,” said Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib when asked to explain the Patriots’ success, while noting there’s no one tougher to face in the playoffs than Brady. “That’s the common denominator, the two things that have been there the whole time. It’s a great show when Manning and Brady play. It’s extra cameras, extra media. Of course everybody wants to see them compete against each other.”

Divergent paths for two of NFL’s greatest QBs

Comparisons surfaced last week between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The common thread is excellence and contests deciding championships. Bird and Magic, in the eyes of many, saved the NBA. Manning and Brady elevated the NFL as leading characters in the sport’s mushrooming popularity.

Time is short for Manning. He has not decided whether he will play next season. If he walks off into an orange sunset as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, breaking Elway’s record, why would he continue? His legacy is safe. And it will always be one of preparation. Manning revolutionized the quarterback position, turning it into “a science,” as former NFL MVP Rich Gannon put it. Manning’s brain is the “All-22” film, calculating where everyone should be on every play, creating breathtaking accuracy on well-timed passes.

Brady, too, rolls up his sleeves. His study is slightly different. He seems to understand his own offense better than any player in the league. He excels at winning one-on-one matchups, and no one functions as independently as him. Brady wins when he throws 50 times, he wins without a running attack, he wins with receivers known only by close friends and relatives.

“As far as Tom Brady is concerned, I don’t think he’s a crybaby, I don’t think he’s a whiner. I think he’s a great competitor,” Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “They say you can’t pass every down and win. He can.”

Their path to this meeting was unique, if not painful. Manning missed six games with his foot injury and led the league in interceptions until the final week of the season. Brady played with the specter of Deflategate hanging over him, his four-game ban lifted just days before opening day. He turned this season into a middle- finger redemption tour.In the end, the two aren’t known for injuries or controversies. They are known for their games together. Manning vs. Brady. One last dance?

“I think playing someone 17 times is pretty cool; especially someone as great as him,” Brady said. “To play against those Peyton Manning-led teams, you know you’ve got to play 60 minutes and you’re going to be in for a tough game.”denverpost.com

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady XVII

Peyton Manning’s career once again intersects with Tom Brady. NFL reporter Troy E. Renck with some of the important nuggets by the numbers:

17 — the most meetings ever between two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, breaking the mark of Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr

5 — Times meeting in the playoffs, most by any two quarterbacks in NFL history

5 — Consecutive AFC championship game appearances for Brady, 10th overall.

2-2 — Record between the two in the postseason.

2-1 — Manning’s record against Brady in AFC championship games.

2-6 — Brady’s record in Denver.

3 — TD passes for Brady in Denver this season.

1 — TD pass for Manning in Denver this season.

0 — The number of times either quarterback has won on the road in this matchup.

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AFC Championship Broncos vs. Patriots 2016: Time, TV schedule and News for and Betting Spreads

To the great delight of CBS network executives, both the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos advanced to the AFC title game. That means the latest edition of Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning can take place on the conference’s biggest stage.

AFC Championship Broncos vs. Patriots 2016: Time, TV schedule and News for and Betting Spreads

Though Brady and Manning have dueled numerous times throughout the years, they have only met in the playoffs four times. Manning fell to Brady’s Patriots in the first two contests, both times as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Manning got the better of Brady in 2007 during the Colts’ run to Super Bowl XLI. Manning also defeated New England during his first postseason encounter as a member of the Broncos. Entering Sunday’s game, the home team has an undefeated record in Manning vs. Brady playoff battles.

However, the AFC Championship offers more than just two quarterbacks old enough to run for president. In their first year under Wade Phillips, the Broncos have developed into one of the league’s top defenses. The unit allowed just 18.5 points per game and finished atop Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA rankings. Phillips’ pass rush has given Denver its biggest boost. Von Miller reached double-digit sacks for the fourth time in his career while the ageless DeMarcus Ware continues to make trouble across from him.

The team added some depth this year as well. First-round pick Shane Ray put together a fine campaign as did undrafted rookie Shaquil Barrett. The front office just rewarded defensive lineman Derek Wolfe with a long-term extension, and he responded with a big game in the Divisional round. In New England, the availability of skill position players (or lack thereof) has dominated the team’s narrative for over a month. Rob Gronkowski nearly missed last week’s game with knee and back issues, while Julian Edelman played for the first time since breaking his foot on Nov. 15. Though the Patriots won their first playoff game, the offense still has work to do before it can get back in sync.

Meanwhile, the offensive line remains a work in progress. The midseason loss of left tackle Nate Solder forced head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to repeatedly reshuffle the deck along the offensive line. Right now, they seem comfortable with Sebastian Vollmer handling Solder’s vacated blindside duties, with the versatile Marcus Cannon swinging over to right tackle. That approach worked against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it faces a far tougher challenge this week.

In addition to protecting Manning, one of the Broncos’ biggest concerns remains their ground attack. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson have struggled to consistently provide a complement to the passing game, and neither performed particularly well last week.

Hillman got the most work (16 carries), but produced only 38 yards out of them. Anderson’s final numbers look much better (15 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown), but nearly half of his yardage came on a 34-yard run. Remove that play, and the tailback’s average drops to 2.7 yards per attempt. Hillman and Anderson must do better on Sunday to take pressure off the 39-year-old Manning.The winner will be crowned AFC champions, but more importantly, they’ll get a shot at the ultimate prize: a Super Bowl title.

How to watch:

When: 3:05 p.m. ET Sunday

News: sbnation

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver

TV: CBS

Commentators: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson

Online: Verizon NFL Mobile

Story lines: The Patriots seek a record ninth Super Bowl trip. The Broncos hope to go an eighth time. … New England is 3-3 in road playoff games under coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady and 0-2 in Denver. … This will be the 17th meeting between Brady and Denver QB Peyton Manning. They’ve split four playoff meetings, though Manning has a 2-1 edge in championship games. Neither quarterback has beaten the other on the road since 2007. … Brady is hot, intercepted just once in the last five games (7 TDs). Manning is not, failing to throw a TD in his last nine quarters. … The Broncos led the NFL in total defense, pass defense and sacks (52), including three of Brady in Denver’s Nov. 29 win. The Patriots were 2-for-13 on third downs in that loss. However WR Julian Edelman missed the game. The Patriots are 10-0 when he plays this season. … Rob Gronkowski’s eight postseason TD catches are a record for tight ends. He’s scored in his last four playoff games. … Manning also missed the previous matchup, when the Broncos rushed for 179 yards. … Broncos Pro Bowl CB Chris Harris is dealing with a severe shoulder bruise but is probable to play. … Denver WR Demaryius Thomas caught just one pass despite 13 targets in the Week 12 matchup.More News & Information AFC Championship Game 2016 Stay With Us.

2016 NFL Playoffs – Previews, analysis, betting tips and more for AFC, NFC Championships

2016 NFL Playoffs – Previews, analysis, betting tips and more for AFC, NFC ChampionshipsTom Brady and Peyton Manning prepare to battle for what could be their final head-to-head meeting with a trip to Super Bowl 50 on the line in the AFC Championship Game. Meanwhile, a clash of MVP favorites in Carson Palmer and Cam Newton highlights the NFC title bout. Here’s all you need to know to get prepped for Sunday.

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Patriots at Broncos, Jan. 24, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)

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NFL Playoffs 2016: In AFC Championship, the pressure may get to Tom Brady

For an incredible 10th time since 2001, the Patriots and Tom Brady are back in the AFC Championship Game. The Brady-era Patriots are 6-3 in this round, although fans are well aware that two of the three losses came in Denver, and two of the three losses came against teams led by Peyton Manning. Of course, traveling to Denver to face Manning is precisely what the Patriots face this Sunday, which is how the team’s 2013 season ended. But don’t let history cloud the facts: The Patriots are 3-point favorites, and given the Broncos’ offensive struggles this year, that line may only increase.

NFL Playoffs 2016- In AFC Championship, the pressure may get to Tom Brady

As usual, the case to beating the Patriots starts with getting pressure on Brady. There’s good reason for that: in the Brady era, New England has lost as a favorite in the postseason five times, and the opposing team’s pass rush was a factor in each game. On average, Brady was sacked three times and was hit 6.8 times in those games. Getting to Brady is much easier said than done, and it’s hardly a guarantee of victory, but it does seem to be the most recognizable path to success for Denver.
Patriots under pressure

Year Opp Pts Cmp Att Yds TD Int Sacks QB Hits
2012 BAL 13 29 54 320 1 2 0 7
2011 NYG 17 27 41 266 2 1 2 8
2010 NYJ 21 29 45 259 2 1 5 7
2009 BAL 14 23 42 132 2 3 3 3
2007 NYG 14 29 48 229 1 0 5 9
Avg  — 15.8 27.4 46.0 241.2 1.6 1.4 3.0 6.8

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Brady was pressured on 26 percent of dropbacks this season, which ranked 17th out of 35 qualified quarterbacks. This means pressuring Brady is not as difficult as it has been in past years, and that is particularly true as of late: he was pressured on 32.4 percent of his passes during his final eight regular-season games, and 28.9 percent of the time in the team’s game against Denver in Week 12.

That makes the Broncos a scary matchup for New England: Denver’s defense pressured opposing quarterbacks on 34.7 percent of dropbacks, best in the NFL. The Broncos pass rush is led by Von Miller, who had 11 sacks and 32 hurries (sixth most in the NFL). But DeMarcus Ware (16 hurries in 11 games), Malik Jackson (16) and Derek Wolfe (13 in 12 games) can all bring the pressure as well.

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While all quarterbacks are worse under pressure, Brady has seen his play decline more than most this season when the defense gets through. This season, Brady had a Total QBR of 64.4, which ranked 11th in the NFL. But while Brady ranked 12th in Total QBR when not facing pressure with a 79.4 Total QBR, that dropped to just 12.7 (19th overall) when under pressure. This is particularly apparent when it comes to completion percentage: Brady completed 71.1 percent of his passes when not under pressure (seventh-best), but just 39.2 percent when under duress (26th).

Completion percentage is often overrated, and it isn’t a critically important stat generally, but the Patriots are a unique offense. As a general rule, completion percentage is highly correlated with winning, but a large reason for that is leading teams tend to throw conservative passes and trailing teams tend to throw aggressive ones. Thus the stat is a result of success even more than a cause of it. (In other words, completion percentage is a lot like rushing attempts, where the best teams tend to fare well in this metric, but in a misleading way.) This season, teams won 58.4 percent of games when completing at least 60 percent of passes, and just 33.3 percent of games when completing fewer than that. But the Patriots were more extreme, winning 11 of 12 when completing at least 60 percent of passes, with the one loss coming in overtime against the Jets. On the other hand, New England lost three of the four games this season when Brady completed fewer than 60 percent of passes, and the one victory came when New England held Buffalo to just 13 points.

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The reason completion percentage matters for New England is because the Patriots don’t really have a running game, at least not in any traditional sense. Against Kansas City on Saturday, the Patriots threw on 24 of the team’s first 26 plays. All game, Patriots running backs had just seven carries, with Steven Jackson — signed in December — taking six of those carries and gaining just 16 yards. In the regular season game against Denver, the Patriots began the game by calling 18 passes to just two runs on the team’s first six drives.

New England passes to get ahead, and that only works when Brady is stringing together completions. That’s why Brady’s significant drop in completion percentage under pressure means getting pressure is so significant. And, again, Denver may be Brady’s kyrpotnite: the Broncos defense allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 67.4 (13th-best) percent of passes when they were not under pressure, but that figure dropped to just 40.9 percent (ninth) when under duress by Broncos defenders. Denver allowed just four touchdowns against seven interceptions when they were able to bring pressure, and got to the quarterback for an NFL-high 52 sacks.

[Better days may be ahead for Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks and Packers]

With all the focus on pressuring Brady, you may think that Miller, Ware, or one of New England’s offensive lineman would be the key to the game. But the difference-maker may wind up being Julian Edelman, who is Brady’s security blanket against the pressure. Without a pass-catching running back like a Shane Vereen (now with the Giants) or Dion Lewis (36 receptions in six games before tearing his ACL), Brady looks to Edelman as his hot receiver to understand how to get open quickly against the blitz.

Against Kansas City, Edelman caught 10 of 16 targets for 100 yards. Edelman missed the Broncos game with a broken foot, which may have been enough to tilt the game. During the regular season, Brady completed 59.4 percent of his passes — and went 3-4 — in the seven games Edelman missed. Meanwhile, the Patriots went undefeated, and Brady completed 68.0 percent of his passes, in the 10 games (including playoffs) where Edelman was healthy.

Many games turn on the effectiveness of the pass rush and completion percentage, and both metrics can be artificially inflated or depressed based on the way a game unfolds. But few teams are as dependent on stringing together completions as New England, and no team has been better at bringing pressure than the Broncos. That makes this AFC Championship Game a fascinating one, between the most pass-heavy offense in football and the defense best known for bringing the pressure.
Chase Stuart writes about the historical and statistical side of football at his site, FootballPerspective.com. read more from: washingtonpost

AFC Championship Game 2016 Early predictions from AFC Divisional Round

Let’s see the AFC Championship Game 2016 Early predictions from AFC Divisional Round

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots

KANSAS CITY AT NEW ENGLAND
Kansas City Chiefs: I’ve vacillated several times when it comes to picking a winner. It’s deadline time and my current mood is to go with the team that has won 11 consecutive games. The Chiefs had their way against the Patriots on both offense and defense in last year’s 41-14 victory over New England. The outcome will be in doubt until the end this time, but the result will be the same as it was in 2014. Chiefs 23, Patriots 20. —  Adam Teicher

New England Patriots: The Patriots have lost four of their past six games, tight end Rob Gronkowski’s right knee is suddenly an issue again, and the Chiefs have won their past 11 games. This has the potential to be an upset, similar to the 2010 divisional round, when the Jets came in to Gillette Stadium and pulled off the shocker. But I’m not picking it, in part because the Patriots generally prove me wrong when I have in the past. If we don’t study history, it’s bound to repeat itself. Patriots 20, Chiefs 17. — Mike Reiss

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos

PITTSBURGH AT DENVER
Pittsburgh Steelers: I had planned to pick the Broncos all week. Ben Roethlisberger, hurt. DeAngelo Williams, hurt. Antonio Brown, out. But being counted out seems to galvanize this group. I still have a feeling Roethlisberger will play Sunday. Peyton Manning has been out of rhythm all year. The Steelers are one of the best at stopping the run, which is a huge advantage because Denver wants to win with the run. The Steelers’ offensive line is better than you’d think. If the Broncos play deep, Pittsburgh will gladly run the ball, and run it well. The current playoff setup screams New England and Pittsburgh in the AFC championship. Steelers 30, Broncos 27. — Jeremy Fowler

Denver Broncos: Many coaches around the league say when trying to decide how things will go in a postseason game, start at quarterback and then see who has the healthiest roster at that point in the season around him. By that gauge, having earned a playoff bye, the Denver Broncos are a healthier team than the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially with three major contributors in the Steelers’ offense — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back DeAngelo Williams — all with injury questions. So it really comes down to focus, attitude and playing great in big moments. The Broncos certainly didn’t do that last January at home in the divisional-round loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It will be clear in this one whether or not the Broncos have really learned their lesson. Broncos 24, Steelers 16. — Jeff Legwold   This AFC Championship Game 2016 Early predictions taken from espn.go.com

AFC Championship Game 2016 Schedule

AFC Championship Game
The American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game (also unofficially referred to as the AFC Title Game) is one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January and determines the champion of the American Football Conference. The winner then advances to face the winner of the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game in the Super Bowl.
AFC Championship Game Schedule 2016
The game was established as part of the 1970 merger between the NFL and the American Football League (AFL), with the merged league realigning into two conferences. Since 1984,each winner of the AFC Championship Game has also received the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named after the founder of the AFL and longtime leader of the Kansas City Chiefs.

History
The first AFC Championship Game was played in 1971 after the merger between the NFL and the AFL. The game is considered the successor to the former AFL Championship, and its game results are listed with that of its predecessor in the annual NFL Record and Fact Book.[2] The original AFC was formed by joining the ten former AFL teams with three pre-merger NFL teams: the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The realignment was done in order to create two conferences with an equal number of teams, as the pre-merger NFL consisted of six more teams than the AFL.

Every AFC team except the Houston Texans has played in an AFC Championship Game at least once. The Seattle Seahawks, who have been members in both the AFC and the NFC, hold the distinction of appearing in both conference title games. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most appearances in the AFC Championship Game at 15, with 11 of those games being in Pittsburgh, the most for either conference.

AFC Championship Game Schedule 2016:
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
AFC Championship Game 2016:
Team: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. ET
TV: CBS
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AFC Championship Game 2016 Time, Schedule, Tickets, TV Coverage Info

AFC Championship Game 2016: In this page, you will find the best information about AFC Championship Game that will happen in the next early year 2016. In the upcoming AFC and Super Bowl Champions, many people around the world are expecting the great games from great contenders.

AFC Championship Game 2016

AFC Championship Game 2016

Perhaps you have known about this. New England Patriots has become the most favorite to make the pumping game AFC Championship Game 2016later in 2016. The AFC title game is not a small deal. The other contenders are also strong and dreadful. The game will be pretty intense and Epic. Now the contenders names have been released and I am pretty sure you know some of the names below.

As mentioned before, New England Patriots has been the strong contender. It has won AFC title for 8 times from 1986, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2015. That is such achievement. Are you the fans of New England Patriots? You are in luck then.

The other strong contender is Indianapolis Colts. It failed to win over the Patriots in the last match. However, they have proven to be a strong team that is hard to be defeated. It is one of the most thrilling teams in 2015-2016 NFL Season. Although it has won in 2007 and 2010, the fans around the world respect this team. Then there is Denver Broncos which comes as the next strong contender. It has long history in American Football Conference. The team has held 7 times AFC champion title from 1978, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, and 2014.

The other strong contender that should be noticed is Baltimore Ravens. It has held the AFC title for 3 times in which 1971, 2001 and 2013. Most recently the team defeated New England Patriots. That is a huge achievement, which makes one of the reasons why this team has been the strong contender.

The next one is Pittsburgh Steelers. It has won the AFC title 7 times. And there are the other teams which are also strong. The first next year battle happens earlier the next year.

Speaking about the tickets, you can purchase one or more for your friends or family through the official site like “ticketmaster”. Make sure you will get your seat for the upcoming intense game. If you happen to be in  the UK, you may want to check your StarSky Sport for the TV coverage.

The winner of the AFC Championship will be representing the conference in the Super Bowl. Som, which team do you think deserve to have this title? News Source [SportsInfo] stay with us for AFC Championship Game 2016 more info.

AFC Championship Game 2016 Live Stream – How to Watch Online

The AFC Championship game 2016 is getting near. You can be sure that this is one of the most awaiting events for average sports fans especially football fans. The schedule has been settled. It is conducted by Commissioner Mike Aresco who had announced the settled schedule format for the American Football Conference seasons. nfl playoffs 2016

AFC Championship Game 2016 Live Stream

AFC Championship Game 2016

And this year is the breakthrough after the years of old-fashioned format. This year is the first in American’s new 12 teams with two division format. The American Football Conferences will come with 48 interesting season games hta will meet up each 12 teams. The eighth league contest in annual basis is still done. Now the games will be more interesting to watch since there are a lot of prominent teams have made their way to the top. The school will hold the conference opponent at home and away. The 4 year circle will be tedious and intense, but amusing for football fans.

The winners of each wing will be determined by the final conference record. They will meet their first American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game. The format has been new for some people but it is interesting. You will expect many things including such competitive regular season that you will regret to miss. The event will produce two strong teams which will battle for the title. Back in 2013 we still remember the UFC who won the Fiesta Bowl. Then people are overcrowding the stadium to watch Cincinnati and Memphis. The interesting news is that The Navy joined  the AFC 2015. That’s also a breakthrough.

AFC Championship Game 2016 Live Stream

Those who want to follow up the games must know that there are some ways they can catch up with matches. If you can not make it to the venue of the event, the only solution left is by watching it online. Regarding to that, there are also several legit providers in which you can lean on.

NFL.com/live is one of the best solutions. It is the official NFL site which provides the services for both US and International viewers. You can purchase the NFL Gamepass to have the access to the AFC championship game 2016. Though it costs a little money, you will experience the best quality video streaming from the official site.

If you are ESPN lover, then you are in luck. WatchESPN is available for those who subscribe the Cable TV. Contact your local provider for further information.
Just to remind you, don’t miss this game!