Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.
Print
RSS

AFC Title Game Set

Posted Jan 12, 2014

The Broncos and the Patriots will line up next Sunday with the AFC title on the line.

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 Champ Bailey said. “I mean, we have our hands full and it’s definitely not a time to be looking at the Super Bowl. We just have to take care of what’s in front of us and not look past it.”

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 Shaun Phillips said. “Obviously we're the two best teams in the AFC because we're playing for the AFC championship. What more can you ask for? That's what you want as a football player. Tom Brady's my second-favorite quarterback behind Peyton Manning. He is. I really like Tom. I think he's a great player and a great person. What better way to do it? You want the two best teams going head-to-head, and that's what's going to happen."

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 Malik Jackson said. “It should be a fun game. They’re a great team. They beat a really good team last night – very tough.”

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 Wes Welker said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than that.” 

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.”