The Road To MetLife Stadium: Will Broncos And Patriots Abandon Newly Found Run Game Success To Air It Out?

The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots continue their trips on The Road To MetLife Stadium at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII on the line. The Broncos and Patriots are known for explosive offenses led by quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Both hold multiple passing records, and both will continue to overtake the other in terms of some of the all-time greatest offensive marks. This season alone, Manning reclaimed the single-season passing touchdown record, throwing for 55 after Brady had tossed 50 in 2007. Of course, it was Brady who took the record of 49 by Manning when he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Yet, entering Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, while many people feel as if this will be a high-scoring affair, they feel that it will boil down to which team can run the ball better, as both the Broncos and Patriots have enjoyed a newly found successful running attack.

The question is, at a certain point in this big game, will they both abandon the ground game and simply let Manning ad Brady air it out to determine which team will advance to Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on February 2?

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’m working as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife and Sony Electronics. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

In their wins in the Divisional Round, the Broncos gave Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball a total of 33 carries that they turned into 134 yards. The Patriots handed the ball to LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley a combined 38 times, which they took and rushed for 218 yards. In both of those victories, both Manning and Brady threw for fewer than 235 yards, with Brady failing to reach the 200 yard plateau. Of course, their numbers were lower because they did not need to air it out as much.

With that being said, which team will be forced to abandon the run first on Sunday? It will likely be the team who finds themselves trailing by more than a touchdown.

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.

Make sure to follow all of the latest on Twitter by using the #Road2MetLifeStadium and tag @MetLifeCentral, as well as checking back early and often to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest information regarding Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium.

 

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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.