No. 2 NEW ENGLAND (13-4) at No. 1 DENVER (13-4)
2:05 p.m. (Ch. 4)
The skinny: Denver is 3-1 in the postseason against New England and beat the Patriots 26-16 in the AFC title game on Jan. 19, 2014. New England is making its 12th appearance in the AFC title game, including its fifth straight. If the game comes down to kickers, both teams have good ones.
Line: Patriots by 3.
Last meeting: The Broncos defeated the Patriots 30-24 in overtime on Nov. 29, 2015.
Injury news: New England will be damaged by the absence of injured LB Jerod Mayo, and its best LB, Jamie Collins, has a back issue.
Weather: Lower 40s for kickoff. Wind was a factor last week.
Patriots update: QB Tom Brady in his 10th AFC title game and is seeking a seventh Super Bowl appearance. He and coach Bill Belichick have a record 22 postseason victories together. … Brady is the all-time postseason leader in yards passing (7,647), TDs (55), completions (711) and attempts (1,127). … K Stephen Gostkowski led the NFL in scoring with 151 points (33 of 36 on FGs, 52 of 52 on PATs).
Broncos update: The Broncos are looking to earn their eighth Super Bowl berth, which would tie Dallas, New England and Pittsburgh for the most in NFL history. … They are 16-5 at home in the playoffs and 7-2 overall in AFC Championship Games.
When the Patriots have the ball: Brady is going to throw often against the NFL's top-ranked defense, meaning the biggest onus could fall on pass rushers DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller and Derek Wolfe. New England also has played the mix-and-match game at running backs since LeGarrette Blount's injury.
When the Broncos have the ball: Where the Broncos could have an edge is in the running game with C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, and unlike with the Patriots, Denver always tries to establish the ground attack. Denver must try to lighten the burden on QB Peyton Manning.