The unlikeliest of teams that remain in the hunt for this season's Lombardi Trophy continues its remarkable run Saturday at Gillette Stadium, though the Denver Broncos' participation in this weekend's AFC Divisional Playoff clash with the storied New England Patriots is just one of several juicy plot lines that have built up this fascinating and pivotal matchup.
Denver's sudden return to prominence under veteran head coach John Fox and young quarterback Tim Tebow has been the story of the 2011 campaign, and the surprising AFC West winners added another enthralling chapter to their tale in last Sunday's Wild Card Round. Behind career-defining performances from Tebow and second-year receiver Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos stunned defending conference champion Pittsburgh in an action-packed 29-23 overtime thriller to advance in the tournament.
New England earned the AFC's top playoff seed for the second year in a row after compiling a 13-3 record during the regular season, but was bounced by the rival Jets in the 2010 Divisional Round following a 14-2 composite mark.
Date & Time: Saturday, January 14th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms