Which AFC team will represent the conference in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in two weeks? Will it be Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos?
Yes, it's another Brady-Manning Bowl. Which team will you be rooting for? Which team do you think will win? It's a battle between two of the great quarterbacks of all time, perhaps the last time we will see this duel in a setting this meaningful.
Patriots (13-4) at Broncos (14-3)
Game Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Odds: Broncos are 6-point favorites
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo.
Online streaming: CBS Sports
Radio: Westwood One -- Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Tim Ryan (Field reporter). SIRIUS -- 88 (WW1), 92 (NE), 86 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NE), 86 (Den.).
SB Nation blogs: Pats Pulpit and Mile High Report
The Patriots and Broncos will meet for the second time this season. In Week 12, Denver jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead before New England stormed back for a 34-31 overtime win.
For the 15th time in their careers, including the postseason, quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England) and Peyton Manning (Denver) will meet. The Patriots have won 10 of those.
"It's the Broncos versus the Patriots," says Manning. "Certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot. But when you get to the AFC Championship Game, it's about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there."
The Patriots advanced to their 11th AFC Championship with a 43-22 win over Indianapolis in the Divisional round.
"It's a great achievement for our team," says Brady about advancing to the AFC Championship Game. "There are only four teams standing. I know people have counted us out at times during this year but I think we have a locker room full of believers. Hopefully we can go out and play our best next week."
New England head coach Bill Belichick earned his 19th postseason win as a head coach, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula (19) for the second-most in NFL history. With a win on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Belichick will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry (20) for the most all-time.
The top-seeded Broncos defeated San Diego 24-17 as Manning tossed two touchdown passes and running back Knowshon Moreno rushed for a score. Denver improved its record at home this season to 8-1, outscoring opponents, 340-197.
You're a New York Giants' fan. Can you really do anything else in this game other than root for the Broncos? We know you really, really, really don't want Tom Brady celebrating a Super Bowl title in MetLife Stadium -- your team's house. Shoot, if the Broncos win the wrong Manning will be celebrating a championship -- but at least it will be a Manning. If Denver gets to the game you're sure to get some of those Eli Manning face shots as he roots his brother's team on.
I'd say if you're a New York Yankees' fan -- and I know many of you are both Giants and Yankees' fans -- rooting for New England is also taboo. Haven't you watched New Englanders celebrate enough World Series titles recently, including the last one? They don't need the Super Bowl title, too.