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Broncos become focus of Patriots’ preparations

The 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship game will feature two of the NFL’s young guns at quarterback, but the AFC Championship will pit two of the game’s best ever at the position, as Tom Brady and the Patriots will travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

It is a matchup of the conference’s top two seeds, as the Broncos finished the regular season 13-3, while New England was 12-4. One of Denver’s losses, however, came to the Patriots Nov. 24, when the Patriots roared back from a 24-0 halftime deficit on a bitterly cold evening and had a Broncos overtime miscue work in their favor to pull off a 34-31 win.

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