What Twitter's Saying About the AFC Championship Game

Ben FederCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2014

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shake hands after the New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 34-31 in overtime at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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This AFC Championship will be the rubber match of all rubber matches. 

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. The Sheriff vs. Tom Terrific. The Forehead vs. The Uggs. 

No matter which nickname you’re going with, one thing is for certain. These two quarterbacks have provided the football world with one of the longest rivalries the sport has seen. 

The duo have squared off 14 times during their storied careers, with Brady leading 10-4. 

They have played two AFC Championship games against each other and split. 

But with Brady and Manning being 36 and 37 years old respectively, could this be the final chapter of their rivalry?

Will Manning deliver in front of his Denver home crowd? Can Brady become the only quarterback in NFL history to reach a sixth Super Bowl?

Although these two are making the headlines leading up to Sunday, the quarterback battle is just one of the many matchups to keep an eye on. 

Despite a loss to the Patriots back in November, the Broncos were able to expose the New England rush defense as Knowshon Moreno carried the ball 37 times for 224 yards.

The Broncos should lean on their workhorse running back to do the same this Sunday as they face a Patriots’ rushing defense that ranks 30th in the NFL.

Feeding Moreno a heavy dose of the rock doesn't just benefit the Denver offense. 

After trailing 24-0 early in their last meeting, Brady torched the Broncos for 344 yards and three touchdowns. If Moreno can eat up the clock, the Broncos can keep Brady off the field. 

According to Pro Football Reference, Brady has 31 fourth quarter comebacks in his career, currently tied for fourth on the all-time list. Coincidentally, Manning leads the list with 40.

Brady thrives when he is asked to produce with the game on the line.

If the Broncos get out to an early lead, they better keep their foot on the gas because Brady will take advantage of any letup.

Much of the focus on Sunday will be on Manning and Brady, but keep an eye on Moreno and the big uglies in the trenches where the game will be decided.