It’s a perfect day for a Broncos win

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s at kickoff, and dropping into the high 40s by the end of the game.

There's no chance of precipitation, and very little wind expected, so the only elements greeting the Patriots will be 5,280 feet of elevation and whatever noise y'all are able to generate out at SAF@MH today.

In other words, conditions couldn't be better for the Broncos to win their seventh AFC title, and their first in fifteen years.

Broncos News

Terrance Knighton expects to face plenty of double teams today.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he played with a clearer head and more confidence this season, while also being more receptive to coaching.

Marquice Cole's first name is pronounced mar-KWEECE.

Dan Koppen says he's calling it a career.

Although the Broncos will be without Von Miller and Chris Harris for today's rematch, they will have Julius Thomas and Jeremy Mincey (who only played 14 snaps last week but was insanely productive according to PFF: one sack, three hurries, and a stop).

Broncos Analysis

Peter Damilatis isn't sure that Champ Bailey can fill Chris Harris's shoes.

Mark Kiszla notes the contributions of Shaun Phillips and Wes Welker, discards from Denver's two playoff opponents; of course, Woody Paige predicts a Broncos win.

Not sure why Woody suggests the 1991 AFC title game is a forgotten one; it's seared in my mind as the game that convinced Dan Reeves to eschew the glaring need in Carl Pickens and go instead for Tommy Maddox, contextually the worst pick of his career.

Similarly (in terms of impact, not stupidity), Denver's last championship game appearance led to another big April move for a quarterback - drafting Jay Cutler to replace Jake Plummer.

Coloradans

Fans have been camped out for days waiting to get into the SAF@MH parking lot to tailgate.

A Fort Collins doctor has been offering up a vasectomy in exchange for tickets he'd give to a couple of his employees.

Denverites generally appear relaxed heading into today's game; is it the weather, the weed, or the influence of John Elway?

Manning/Brady

The Huard brothers and Dan Klecko share notes on the two quarterbacks, whom the Huards backed up in the early aughts, and with each of whom Klecko won a SB ring.

For now, Paul Klee still thinks John Elway was better than either of these two legends.

Benjamin Hochman compares Manning/Brady to some of sport's other great rivalries.

Gary Myers, Paul Doyle, and Nick Kosmider look back at the history of Manning/Brady.

Patriots

New England made no roster moves on Saturday, so punter Ryan Allen is obviously ready to go.

FWIW, Mike Reiss is expecting only one of rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins to suit up today.

Sealver Siliga's emergence apparently came on the heels of some one-on-one film sessions with Bill Belichick.

Modell's in NYC is already selling Patriots AFC title shirts.

Andrew Mason on the New England offense and defense.

Jackie MacMullan discusses the legendary partnership between Belichick and Tom Brady.

News

Detroit's Jim Caldwell added former KSU coach Ron Prince as an assistant head coach and is reportedly trying to hire Chiefs WR coach David Culley to run his offense.

The Metrodome was deflated on Saturday morning, for the final time. Here's a time-lapse video of the iconic stadium's farewell.

Game Previews

AFC: Greg CosellSam Farmer, Ashley Fox, Randy Covitz.

NFC: Greg CosellSam Farmer, John Branch.

Both: Jarrett Bell, Jason La CanforaGreg Cote, Bernie Miklasz, Scott Kacsmar.

Analysis

Not only are fumble recoveries random events, but they're also governed by very few rules of decency when involving pileups.

Chase Stuart blows up a slew of commonly held notions regarding what types of teams tend to win Super Bowls.

Bad Math

Something tells us that Mike Klis wasn't thinking about Benford's Law when he started counting the Broncos' most common offensive gains.

It is unfortunately quite typical of Pat Kirwan's writing when he says the results of the past six years' title games have anything to do with how many points will be scored today.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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