FOXBOROUGH -- It has been seven weeks since the Patriots played the Denver Broncos in the regular season.
With all the time that has passed since then, and as the days crawl before Sunday's AFC Championship game in Denver, the Patriots have to reacquaint themselves with their opponent.
"It’s a different team now than what we’ve seen earlier," Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount said. "We’ve got to go out and look at film and look at what they did against San Diego and see who we’re going to be playing against."
The Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers, 24-17, in the divisional round this past Sunday after going 13-3 in the regular season. Unlike the last time the Patriots saw the Broncos, there were no outstanding performances by a Denver player against San Diego that immediately stuck out on offense.
But the Broncos' defense was electric, combining for four sacks, including two by Shaun Phillips.
Phillips had two tackles and a forced fumble against the Patriots in Week 12.
"I mean, right about now is when a lot of guys are playing different football," Blount said. "Guys are getting on hot streaks. We've just got to go out there and see what they’re doing well, and see what they’re not doing well. and try to exploit it.
"We've got to get ready to go to Denver. It doesn’t matter who we play or where we play ‘em, we still gotta prepare."