Revenge can be a scary thing. It can make one do things that they never thought they were capable of doing. It can cause feelings that are completely new. It can motivate one to reach a new level on the biggest stage. When the AFC and NFC Championship Games are decided this Sunday, on The Road To MetLife Stadium, revenge will be a factor in both contests, with numerous subplots to watch for when the Denver Broncos battle the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers.
When it comes to numerous players and coaches and owners, revenge will be sweet.
That is, for some. For others, it will leave a very sour taste in many mouths.
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When the Broncos host the Patriots in the AFC title game, the main storyline is obviously, once again, Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. That is for good reason, as it is the 15th time that these two have faced each other. Brady holds a 10-4 edge, including a 2-1 edge in the postseason and the past two wins while Manning was in Denver. Needless to say, Manning is sick of hearing about how he cannot beat Brady, and will look to walk out of Sunday’s game with a ticket punched to MetLife Stadium to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
But there are so many more revenge factors in both games. Broncos’ wide receiver Wes Welker will look to show Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft that he made a mistake in letting Welker leave this past offseason. Welker also made a mistake on special teams that led to New England’s comeback victory over Denver during the regular season, meaning he has even more motivation to play a big game.
As for the NFC Championship Game, more than a trip to the Super Bowl in MetLife Stadium and pride are on the line. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh do not like each other. That animosity dates back to their college football coaching days at USC and Stanford. Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson could be the future version of Brady vs. Manning, with Wilson getting the better of Kaepernick thus far, especially in Seattle. And, we all know that Richard Sherman and Anquan Boldin not only do not like each other, but they pretty much do not like anyone on the opposing team. Both will be looking to make some big plays that help shape the final outcome of this big game.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Sunday, Stats.com will tell you why we may very well be watching the Patriots face the 49ers in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, the Broncos and Seahawks may have something to say in that matter, regardless of how low the temperatures dip.
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