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  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrate after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Julius Thomas #80 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Chris Jones #94 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos fails to catch a pass in the first quarter as Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots defends during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos collides with Ryan Allen #6 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos completes a reception for a first down as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots takes the field prior to the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: A general view of Sports Authority Field at Mile High prior to the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cheerleader cheers against the New England Patriots in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12, Julian Edelman #11 and Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots take the field prior to the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the Patriots play against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Denver Broncos fans hold up a sign prior to the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Austin Collie (10) is tackled by Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 celebrates his first quarter field goal with Britton Colquitt #4 of the Denver Broncos as Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots reacts during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Paris Lenon #51 and Shaun Phillips #90 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos looks on in the first quarter of their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass inthe first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos completes a first down against Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks a first quarter field goal against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) is talked by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball against New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) garbs a loose snap during the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) can not make a catch while defended by New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos completes a reception for a first down as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: The Denver Broncos kick off to the New England Patriots to start the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) breaks up pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos takes the field to warm up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 and Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos talk during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots jumps on the field during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Fans hold up signs before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Fans hold up signs before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) with quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) before against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: An injured Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos greets a staff member prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Two Denver Broncos fans pose for a photo prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots tight end D.J. Williams (45) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Fans arrive for the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Fans arrive for the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: NFL referees walk in the stadium prior to the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Fans arrive for the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Fans arrive for the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 talks to Omar Bolden #31 and Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos looks on in the first quarter of their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; The Denver Broncos take the field before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; American musician Jon Bon Jovi on the field before during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander attend the 2013 AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots fan in attendance for the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: An injured Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos looks on prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos middle linebacker Paris Lenon (51) tackles New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: A detail of the shoes worn by an injured Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos looks on prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with running back Knowshon Moreno (27) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field against the New England Patriots at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: A detail of the shoes worn by an injured Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos looks on prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Fans arrive for the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Denver Broncos fans arrive for their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Denver Broncos fans arrive for their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) breaks the tackle of New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) rushes the ball during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) tries to leap over the tackle of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots completes a reception for a 27 yard gain in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos completes a reception in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: A Denver Broncos fan prepares for their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A view of the NFL logo on the field before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 hand off to LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Denver Broncos reacts in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and executive vice president of football operations John Elway before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass inthe first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball against New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is showered with Gatorade following the 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots following the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with C.J. Anderson #22 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety Omar Bolden (31) celebrates as he comes onto the field before during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Trindon Holliday #11 of the Denver Broncos reacts in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; The Denver Broncos take the field before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos takes the field prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) before playing against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 and Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos talk during warm-ups prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Denver Broncos fans arrive for their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Two Denver Broncos fans pose for a photo prior to their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos reacts to his first quarter field goal against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops back to pass during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops back to pass during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) tries to leap over the tackle of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Denver Broncos tackles Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass against New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Michael Hoomanawanui #47 of the New England Patriots completes a first down reception as Mike Adams #20 of the Denver Broncos defends during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Austin Collie (10) is tackled by Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Fans wait to enter the stadium before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox during the game against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox during the game against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) rolls out to pass in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field against the New England Patriots at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball against New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox during the game against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs for a gain of three against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos catches a second quarter pass over Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots completes a 27 yard reception for a first down in the seocnd quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #45 of the Denver Broncos defends against Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter field goal with Britton Colquitt #4 during the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Robert Ayers #91 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after sacking Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in the second quatrer during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots celebrates his second quarter field goal against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Denver Broncos tackles LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Robert Ayers #91 of the Denver Broncos sacks Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
  • DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Robert Ayers #91 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a stop in the second quatrer against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) breaks the tackle of New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field against the Denver Broncos at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) breaks the tackle of New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
    
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The Denver Broncos played in their ninth AFC championship game Sunday, this time against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Photos by USA Today and Getty Images)

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