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Patriots-Broncos far more than just a battle of legendary quarterbacks

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The Patriots-Broncos rivalry, particularly in recent years, has offered its share of enduring images: of Benjamin Watson chasing down Champ Bailey after an interception in the playoffs.

Of Josh McDaniels along the Broncos’ sideline wildly pumping his fist, and then pointing to his family in the crowd when the then-rookie head coach got a win against his mentor in overtime.

The yin and yang of Tim Tebow running for his life, mostly unsuccessfully, while Tom Brady threw a playoff record-tying six touchdowns.

Of Rob Ninkovich stripping Willis McGahee and the Patriots recovering the fumble, ending the comeback Peyton Manning was trying to stage.

Sunday night may deliver a few more such moments. It marks the 44th time the Patriots and Broncos will meet in the regular season.

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