The NFL's 2014 AFC Championship live stream and televised game schedule brings the New England Patriots to Denver where they'll face the Broncos. The winning team earns a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII in a few weeks at MetLife Stadium, making the stakes ultra-high for this playoff game. It will be another showdown featuring Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning, with winner potentially taking the Lombardi Trophy in a few weeks. The latest televised and live stream AFC Championship game from the schedule will be presented for NFL sports fans via CBS networks.
According to a Jan. 19 report on Boston.com, if Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s Pats win today’s game, they’ll be headed to their sixth Super Bowl berth together. It would be an opportunity to win the franchise’s fourth championship, but they’ll need to get by one of the best teams in the NFL this past season, and its top quarterback: the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. Manning is likely to receive the MVP award for his performance this past season, which included 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns as well as a rating of 115.1 among quarterbacks. It also had the Broncos as the top team in terms of passing in the NFL, averaging 340.3 yards per game. Their rushing wasn’t shabby either, about middle of the NFL with 117.1 yards per game.
However, it was the rushing game that surprised fans and analysts just a week ago, when Brady wasn’t the hero against the Indianapolis Colts, it was the guys on the ground. LeGarrette Blount racked up 166 yards and four touchdowns in the game on 24 carries. Ironically, it’s been Stevan Ridley who has led the team in rushing with 773 yards this past season and 7 touchdowns. The rushing game last week may have shifted the Broncos' defensive focus over to Blount/Ridley and away from Brady, but that’s highly unlikely.
The Broncos currently rank eighth in the NFL in rushing defense, limiting teams to 101.6 yards a game, but it will now give the Patriots a multi-dimensional attack against a familiar foe. The last time these two teams played was back on Sunday, Nov. 24 when Brady’s Pats won in overtime on a field goal 34-31. Today could be a different story.
According to ESPN.com, Brady told the media:
"I'm sure no one's going to pick us to win this week. We've had our backs against the wall for a while. Really, the whole season we've lost players, and teams have really counted us out."
The rushing game could be crucial for the Denver Broncos today as well. In the previous game against the Patriots, Knowshon Moreno had 224 yards, which was a career-best mark. Last Sunday the back had 82 yards on 23 carriers and a touchdown in a close win by Denver over the San Diego Chargers. Will Manning look to hand off the ball more to Moreno in today’s matchup?
If it comes down to another classic quarterback duel, it’s important to note that Brady is 10-4 all-time against Manning. Brady has also won their last three meetings, but in the last meeting with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, it was Manning (then with the Colts) who led his team to a 38-34 victory. Manning had nothing but praise for the opposing coach, Bill Belichick, nodding to the fact that it’s always a tough matchup. Peyton told the media:
“It’s certainly a great challenge when you play against teams coached by Bill Belichick. That goes back to my first couple of years when he was the defensive coordinator with the Jets, and then he gets the head job with the Patriots. His teams, his defenses when he was coordinator, like I said, [are] always well-coached, always well-disciplined, and you know it’s going to be a 60-minute fight.”
Of course, aside from the Brady vs. Manning story in today’s game will be the wide receivers. It’s the second game for Wes Welker against a team that let him go to the Broncos. The wide receiver, who has 778 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, just recently returned from the sidelines after missing several games due to a concussion. On the other side of the field, Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season due to knee surgery, limiting Brady’s options for receivers, but as the former MVP quarterback noted, the Pats still find ways to win.
With all that said, today's favorites are the home team Denver Broncos. They first opened favored by 5-points over the Patriots and have since remained there or dropped slightly to 4-1/2-point favorites. The over/under points total for today’s game is set at around 57 points. Weather should be sunny with a kickoff temperature of 61 degrees.
Sunday afternoon's Patriots vs. Broncos championship game has a scheduled start time of 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised in standard and hi-definition formats on CBS affiliate stations via cable or satellite providers. There is also AFC Championship live stream coverage, available through the CBS Sports NFL live video site, free of charge to fans around the nation. See the site here and look for the banner towards the top of the page to watch today's game live online through CBS's video feed.