AFC Championship Game
Peyton Manning may have looked over New England’s defense and realized that unless the Broncos beat themselves with fumbles, stumbles and tumbles, the highest-scoring team in NFL history should put up plenty of points on the Patriots.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are clearly football royalty. On the other side, you see two sleek athletes who represent the NFL’s future. Colin Kaepernick has already been to one Super Bowl, while Russell Wilson is trying to get to his first.
Brady played the underdog card on Monday but hasn’t harped on it, at least not publicly. “When you play against one of the best teams in the league, you realize there’s very little margin of error,” he said.
Four days before the AFC championship game against the Denver Broncos, the star quarterback missed practice Wednesday because of illness and his right shoulder, the Patriots said in their practice report.
Brady and Belichick will join the battle, but they don’t have enough weapons to overcome this problem. The AFC Championship looks like the end of the line for New England.
“I know when we played Baltimore nobody picked us to win,” Brady said. “I’m sure no one’s going to pick us to win this week. We’ve had our backs against the wall for a while.”
It’s pretty simple. If you are a San Francisco 49ers or New England Patriots fans feeling adventurous and want to go on the road to support your team you better come up with a really creative way of doing it.
So, after a ho-hum divisional playoff weekend, we wind up getting the matchups that everyone wanted anyway. Especially this one: Brady vs. Peyton.
When the San Diego Chargers went into Denver last month and beat the Broncos, no doubt some eyebrows were raised. Now, imagine if they do it again this Sunday.
OK, so the Giants didn’t make the playoffs this year. We all know what happened with the Jets. Even without your favorite team in the mix, Championship Sunday is teed up to be a great one.
Tomlinson said Monday he would rather be enshrined in Canton without a ring than win a title sans his Hall of Fame resume.
Few coaches are cut out for this kind of situation. It takes a deft touch and it will need to be defused. You can’t crush Tebowmania, which is what Rex Ryan will try to do if the situation gets out of hand.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and inside linebacker David Harris said that head coach Rex Ryan has been increasingly more involved in defensive meetings this offseason, according to reports.
The inevitable will happen. And whether it is in Week 1 or the season finale, Tim Tebow will be the New York Jets’ starter, and a player with his eyes towards heaven will see his new team descend to salary cap hell.
In a season filled with boos and criticisms, Mark Sanchez refuses to listen to any of it.