COMMENTARY: Flash back to week 12 November 24, Patriots defeat the Broncos in a thrilling overtime win by 3-points, final score, 34-31.
The season before, the Patriots defeat the Broncos in week 5 by 10-points, final score, 31-21. The Patriots, led by “Captain Comeback,” Tom Brady would later lose a conference championship game against their AFC nemesis the Baltimore Ravens.
The Broncos defense fared much better in 2012 as a 4th ranked defense — leading the Broncos to a 13-3 season. Flash back to the first round of the divisional playoffs, the Broncos lose to the Ravens in a double-overtime matchup, final score, 35-38.
Peyton Manning has frequently spoken explicitly about that ill-fated moment when he threw a pass intercepted by Corey Graham and returned it for a 39-yard score to end the Broncos romping-glorious 2013 season.
It is not a day goes by that Peyton Manning relives that fateful day, realizing that the Broncos 11-game winning streak in 2012 was a disappointing end to a spectacular 2012 NFL campaign.
According to the Concord Monitor sports news, “Brady, Patriots embrace underdog role in AFC title game.” The Patriots may be favored underdogs in their conference matchup game against the Broncos, but Peyton Manning knows better to have a relaxed attitude about Tom Brady’s skill level and championship ethics – relating to key conference games.
Tom Brady played the entire 2013 season with pedestrian players adapting to the Patriots playbook and several players struggling with reoccurring injuries. Nevertheless, Tom Brady still managed to lead the Patriots to another banner-winning season.
Peyton Manning, on all accounts have been dealt a better stack of players on offense, but the fact still remains, Manning will remain second to Tom Brady in the Super Bowl win category.
Tom Brady, in a divisional win against the Colts — at an after-game press conference — a query about his teams’ mental-outlook came into question, Brady said, “We’ve got a bunch of underdogs on our team, and we’ll be an underdog again.”
This type of analogy from Tom Brady — ushers in one key component on the Patriots and Broncos conference round matchup; two veteran-signal callers will face-off in what is to be a classic challenge, and only one QB master “5 Fingers of Death” will hoist the Lombardy trophy when all is said and done.
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