The last time the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos squared off, the Pats staged a ferocious comeback to upset the AFC frontrunner in a windy Week 12 matchup in Foxboro.
Now, when the two meet in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Peyton Manning will be looking to exact revenge. The Broncos quarterback has had immense success this season, and his arsenal of receivers certainly had something to do with his record-setting year.
After suffering two concussions in December, Wes Welker returned to the gridiron and made his presence felt in his first game in five weeks on Sunday. The former Patriot hauled in six catches, including a 3-yard touchdown reception, to help lift the Broncos past the San Diego Chargers, 24-17.
The return of Welker marked the first time since Nov. 10 that Manning has had his top four receivers on the field at the same time. Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas round out the other targets, and the intimidating group will be out in full force against the Patriots’ defense on Sunday.