The New England Patriots are back in prime position for another shot at the Lombardi Trophy, set to host the AFC West champion Denver Broncos in the Divisional round Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. New England’s last appearance in the playoffs resulted in a heartbreaking loss to their AFC East rival New York Jets. Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady said earlier this week that the team is prepared but also anxious to finally begin this year’s post-season campaign.
“There will be a high level of intensity. There’s no next week (unless the team wins),” he said. “You try to control your emotions so it doesn’t affect your level of execution. Sometimes that’s hard to do. The emotions will be running high. The stadium will be full…It’s special. It’s the playoffs. It’s why we worked so hard in the regular season to get to this point.”
The Pats last saw the Broncos for their Week 15 contest December 18th, when they coasted to victory away at Mile High Stadium. Denver seems to be much improved since that time, coming off a 29-23 overtime win over the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
One of the Patriots biggest tasks this week will be to contain Denver QB Tim Tebow. The second-year player has led his team to a number of close wins this year with an unorthodox style unlike anything the league has ever seen. Last game he threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns from 10 completions while gaining 50 yards and one rushing TD on the ground.
“You can speak all day about how tough he is, and how elusive he is, but it really don’t matter until you face him. And when you face him, you really figure out, ‘Man, this dude is like a running back,”‘ said Patriots DT Vince Wilfork. “I’ve seen some big guys over the years, but he’s probably one of the biggest and toughest, probably one of the strongest, that I’ve faced.” View all available Patriots vs. Broncos tickets here with us at AceTicket.com!