The New England Patriots are back in the AFC Championship game after dispatching the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday. This is the eighth AFC Championship of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. If the Patriots win the game, they head to the Superbowl to face either the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks.
Getting there won't be so easy. The Patriots have to beat the Denver Broncos in Denver to make it to the big game. Quarterback Peyton Manning and Brady are no strangers, having faced each other more than a dozen times over the years. Denver's offense has a record-breaking year, and Manning threw an NFL record 55 touchdowns to fuel that attack.
The winner plays the NFC champion. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are vying for that title. Both are well-balanced teams with good quarterbacks who can run.
Game time: Sunday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m.
Location: Sports Authority Field (but everyone still calls it Mile High Stadium), Denver, CO
Vegas Insider consensus odds: The Broncos are five-point favorites to win the game.
How to catch the gameTelevision: WBZ-TV
Radio: 98.5 FM (The Sports Hub)
SiriusXM: Channel 225 (subscription only)
DirecTV: NFL Sunday Ticket (subscription only)
Streaming online (audio)