|Why To Watch|
These are two storied franchises with two of the best coaches in the business, Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan. The Patriots go to Denver with loads of confidence and a swagger that reflects their playoff success. They face a Denver team that somehow flies under the radar and doesn't get a lot of publicity or respect.
Both teams play good run defense, but both also struggle on pass defense. If their pass rushes up front are not there, both secondaries can be exploited. New England QB Tom Brady is carrying the offense on his back with a productive passing game. Denver conversely moves the ball by controlling the clock with a running game that leads the NFL in time of possession and also sets up Jake Plummer and the passing game. These are two smart teams that know how to make adjustments and play mistake-free football.