The AFC playoffs standings held on Sunday and the Denver Broncos will play against the New England Patriots in the conference championship game and that will be the early matchup of the day and is on CBS starting up at 3:00 pm ET and comes before the Seahawks and 49ers and will be from Sports Authority Field at Mile High and matches up Tom Brady and Peyton Manning once again in the postseason.
Manning and the Broncos came out on top of the San Diego Chargers after being in control for most of the game and while Philip Rivers led his team back, the team couldn't go all the way and fell short by the score 24-17 and now the Patriots and the Broncos will match up against each other. The Broncos passed for 230 yards on the day, while Knowshon Moreno ran very hard for 82 yards and after some impressive play from the receivers, the Broncos ended up on top. The Patriots won against the Colts the day before on Saturday and now the Pats will travel to Denver for a huge matchup of two top quarterbacks and Manning is coming off of a game that saw him pass for two touchdowns and his first red zone interception of the season.
Manning threw for 55 touchdowns to break Brady's record this season and now the two will play against each other in the AFC championship game and it is another rematch from the regular season, as the Broncos lost on the road to the Pats. Manning and Brady have had a number of playoff matchups against each other when Manning was with the Colts and now they will add another chapter to that history and it could be one of the best games of the season. Manning was criticized after the loss to the Patriots and now the two teams will battle as the number one and the number two seeds in the AFC conference.
On the NFC side, there is another matchup that is a rematch with the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers and this is the third time they are playing, with each team winning the game at home. The Seahawks dominated their game early in the season, while the Niners won their game on a late field goal in the Bay Area and now the two teams that many predicted would be in the championship game are playing in the Super Bowl. The NFC has the two young quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick while the AFC has the elder statesman in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and it could mean a changing of the guard with the Super Bowl winner. Three of the four quarterbacks have been to the big game excluding Wilson, while the two in the AFC have won championships previously.