The AFC’s Super Bowl XLVIII representative will be decided on Sunday, January 19th when the New England Patriots square off against the Denver Broncos in the 2014 AFC Title Game at Mile High Stadium. Kickoff in the conference decider is set for 3:00pm ET; the game will be broadcast live on CBS. The latest Patriots vs Broncos Betting Line has Denver listed as a -4.5 NFL Odds home favorite and the Over/Under set at 55 points.
Patriots vs Broncos Odds (-4.5, Over/Under 55): It is difficult to go against Peyton Manning and the Broncos at home, but this weekend may be the weekend to do it. Brady has taken a back seat to Manning this year as his numbers dropped off with a lesser supporting cast around him. However, the Patriots maintained their winning ways, and Brady was, per usual, the main reason they continued to outperform the opposition. The two-time Super Bowl MVP completed 60 percent of his passes for 4343 yards and 25 touchdowns, despite not having his favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, for most of the season.
Manning, meanwhile, set league records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a single season with 5477 and 55, respectively, and he completed 68.3 percent of his passes en route to a 115.1 passer rating (the second best mark of his illustrious career). He also led the Broncos to their eighth home win of the season on Sunday as Denver defeated San Diego 24-17 to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Still, there is really no comparison between these two future Hall of Famers when it comes to head to head play or playoff production. Brady wins both categories hands down. The 14 year veteran owns a 10-2 record in 12 meetings against Manning led teams and his playoff record is an astounding 18-7, including a 5-2 conference championship mark. Manning improved to 10-11 in postseason play after last weekend’s win over the Chargers and he is 2-1 in conference championship contests.
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Patriots vs Broncos Betting Line 2014 AFC Title Game: Provided by SportsBettingOnline.ag
New England Patriots +4.5 (-110), Over 55 (-110)
Denver Broncos -4.5 (-110), Under 55 (-110)