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Patriots will face Broncos in AFC Championship game

Peyton Manning hasn’t faced the Patriots in the playoffs since the 2006 AFC title game.
Peyton Manning hasn’t faced the Patriots in the playoffs since the 2006 AFC title game.charlie riedel/associated press

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The AFC Championship will pit two of the game’s best ever at the quarterback position, as Tom Brady and the Patriots will travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

It is a matchup of the conference’s top two seeds, as the Broncos finished 13-3, while New England was 12-4. One of Denver’s losses, however, came to the Patriots Nov. 24, when the Patriots roared back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to pull off a 34-31 win.

After dispatching the Colts Saturday night, Bill Belichick and the Patriots were glued to their televisions like most NFL fans Sunday to see whether they would be headed to Denver or staying home to host the Chargers.

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