The New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game Sunday, and fans can watch the game streaming live online legally and for free to see what will likely be the final matchup between two living legends of the NFL quarterback position — New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning. The two sure-fire Hall of Famers played against each other 16 times in their celebrated careers.
While Manning has given no indication that he plans to hang up his cleats after the current season, whether it ends with the AFC Championship game on Sunday or two weeks later in the Super Bowl, at age 39 he turned in the weakest season of his career, appearing in only 10 regular season games and finishing with a career-worst 67.9 passer rating.
In perhaps the most shocking statistic of a shockingly poor year for Manning, he threw for just nine touchdowns while getting picked for 17 interceptions — just two years after setting an NFL record with a mind-boggling 55 touchdown passes. Manning threw just 10 interceptions that season.
Brady, on the other hand — though just one year younger than Manning — led the NFL with 36 touchdown throws. He tossed a mere seven interceptions. His interception percentage of 1.1 percent was also the NFL’s best and his 102.2 passer rating was good enough for fourth-best overall.
Both the Patriots and Broncos finished at 12-4, but the Broncos secured the top seed in the AFC and home field in the Championship game by virtue of their Week 12 30-24 overtime victory over the Patriots in Denver. But Manning did not play in that game, with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler leading the Broncos to that narrow win.
Watch a preview of the Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship game, as seen by the Showtime Inside The NFL panel — including Brandon Marshall, Boomer Esiason, and Phil Simms — in the video below.
To find out how to watch the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos AFC Championship playoff game live online for free and legally, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Mountain Time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, January 23. For viewers in the Eastern Time Zone, that start time will be 3:05 p.m., and in the Pacific Time Zone, 12:05 p.m.
The Patriots were also missing a number of key players in the Week 12 loss to the Broncos, including both starting wide receivers, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, as well as difference-making linebacker Jamie Collins. Four-time first-team All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski also exited the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
All four of those players are expected to play on Sunday for the Patriots.
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Even though they are playing on the road and lost once this season to the Broncos already, the Patriots are favored to win the game by three points according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
The mathematical “win probablity” formula used by Pro-Football-Reference.com gives New England a 58 percent chance of winning the game. But the FiveThirtyEight.com site which uses statistical formulas, running 20,000 game simulations for each game to predict NFL contests, sees the Broncos winning the game, giving Denver a 59 percent probability of taking home the AFC title and a place in the 50th NFL Super Bowl.
To watch the New England Patriots Vs. Denver Broncos AFC Championship Playoff game live online from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, and find out if the Patriots can win a conference championship game on the road for the third time in five tries, earning their record ninth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Or will the Denver Broncos secure their record-tying eighth Super Bowl appearance. To find out on Sunday, go to CBSSports.com at this link. Live streaming is free and requires no login credentials. The Patriots-Broncos showdown will also stream free through the CBS Sports app on mobile devices and on set-top boxes such as the Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.
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