Sunday’s AFC title game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will mark the 15th time that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will have faced each other. It will also mark the second time this season that Brady will look to seek revenge on Manning for stealing his former BFF, Wes Welker.
In Week 12, the Broncos traveled to New England, where the Patriots pulled out a 34-31 overtime victory. Even in victory, though, it had to be a tough time for Brady.
The similarity to the ultra-popular Twilight movie series is incredible. Some would say the real question is: Are you on #TeamTom or #TeamPeyton?
A sequel to the Twilight Saga! pic.twitter.com/OQvN1n7aoO— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 16, 2014
In Denver’s divisional-round game against the San Diego Chargers last week, Welker had some headache issues; therefore, he was given an extra-padded helmet to help prevent further problems.
I’m not sure if the helmet was really for concussion prevention or if it was just to protect his head from thinking about having to confront Brady in the AFC Championship Game the following week.
It did look a bit ridiculous when they zoomed in on Welker later in the game, via @TheFakeESPN.
And then just a couple of days ago, a group of people was seen wheeling in Welker’s new helmet for this week’s matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
With his new obnoxiously large helmet, Welker will be all set to catch passes from the great Peyton Manning. Earlier this season, Manning broke Brady’s record for the most touchdown passes in a single season with 55.
Some people say that the Manning vs. Brady rivalry is one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The debate for who is the best in the all-time ranks is ongoing. Thanks to @NFL_Memes, we were able to get an inside look at one of their personal conversations.
Tom Brady trolls Peyton Manning! pic.twitter.com/T6ZpEXcInG— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 17, 2014
On a more serious note, Manning does have a phenomenal record and stat line when it comes to rematches with an opponent during the same season, which is something the Patriots should be worried about.
I mean this game could be one for the ages. I agree with @KegsnEggs that there’s really only one other way this game could get more intriguing.
The only way to add more narrative possibilities to the Broncos-Patriots game is to somehow make Tony Romo the head referee.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) January 13, 2014
So many intriguing storylines are floating around as the game approaches.
Will Brady be able to get over the fact that Welker is with Manning now?
Will Manning be able to eclipse the entire state of Nebraska in who says “Omaha” more times?
The entire nation will have to wait until Sunday to get their answers.
At the end of the day, this game has the makings to be one for the ages—the two top seeds in the AFC, each led by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. It may even end up being the last time these two future Hall of Famers match up in the playoffs.
Expect a close game in a raucous environment at Mile High Stadium. It should go down to the wire, and expect the Patriots to edge it out in a thriller. With so many injuries and roster changes this season, I think the Pats will continue to defy the odds with a victory led by Brady and Co., which includes beast running back LeGarrette Blount.
Expect Brady to triumph over Manning once again. I believe he will finally receive the high five for which he has been searching for several weeks.
Final Score: Patriots 38, Broncos 35