What To Watch For As Patriots Visit Broncos In AFC Championship Game

January 18, 2014 12:00 PM
What To Watch For As Patriots Visit Broncos In AFC Championship Game
" BOSTON (CBS) — After what felt at times like the longest week in the world, we are finally here: championship weekend.

That means, of course, that at long last we will finally see football. Specifically, it’s just about time for the Broncos and Patriots to take the field in Denver for 60 minutes, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

While Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have been the center of the football world’s focus this week, this game will be determined by a lot more than just the play of the quarterbacks. Here are four items to watch for once these teams kick off on Sunday.

No Stopping Knowshon? For all of the Manning-Brady hoopla, there’s one player who’s getting overlooked: Knowshon Moreno. When these two teams met in late November, Moreno was nearly unstoppable, picking up 224 rushing yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.

While a huge part of that success had to do with the Patriots defense essentially giving the opportunity to Manning’s offense in order to limit the passing attack, Moreno still presented problems when he carried the ball "

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