DENVER – The AFC Championship Game is set. The top two seeds – the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots – will square off next Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
The Broncos punched their ticket to the AFC title game with a 24-17 win Sunday in the Divisional Round against the Chargers.
“It’s another step in the right direction,” cornerback
The Broncos and the Patriots are certainly no strangers to each other as just seven weeks ago they met in Foxborough, Mass. – and 60 minutes wasn’t enough to decide a winner.
The Patriots kicked a game-winning field goal with just a touch more than a minute left in overtime to give the Broncos their second loss of the season. Sunday, they’ll meet for a rematch in Denver.
"We're looking forward to it,” linebacker
After the Broncos lost in Foxborough, they lost just one more game in the regular season. That was a Week 15 bout with AFC West rival San Diego.
Sunday, the Broncos were presented with the chance to avenge that loss in the Divisional Round. Having completed that task, the Broncos will get another shot at redemption next week.
“It always feels good to actually play another team that beat you – just like we did the Chargers,” defensive end
Of course, the game next Sunday is more than just another crack at a team that beat them earlier in the season. It’s another step towards the goal the team set at the start of the season.
“It’s the AFC Championship Game,” wide receiver
Though they’ll have a shot at their first Super Bowl berth since 1998 next weekend, right now, they’re letting this win sink in.
“Well, I think I’m just going to enjoy this one first,” Head Coach John Fox said. “It hasn’t sunk in. We’ll dig into that tomorrow. We’ll enjoy it tonight for what it is. We’re very honored and pleased to be in that position.”