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Sunday, 18 January 2015

AFC Championship Game Preview: Colts @ Patriots, Luck vs. Brady

On Sunday afternoon we will finally find out who will be playing in Super Bowl 49. The NFL season has seemed to fly by right before our eyes, but the nation’s biggest sporting event is just weeks away and for the four teams that will be battling for the chance to play in this year’s Super Bowl the moment couldn’t come soon enough.

The AFC Championship game offers one of the best quarterback matchups you could ask for in an AFC title game. The Patriots’ Tom Brady will go against the league’s most impressive young quarterback in Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady leads all active quarterbacks with three Super Bowl rings and with the skill set of Luck, he may be the only quarterback in the league that could reach Brady’s bench mark standard of Super Bowls.

I feel the home field advantage will be huge in this game for the Patriots and the fact that Brady sees the opportunity to reach his sixth career Super Bowl will be extra motivation. The Patriots’ defense has seemed to improve as the season has progressed and they will have to be extra sharp to slow down the Colts’ explosive offense.

I believe in the next few years Luck and the Colts will be the best team not only in the AFC, but all of football. The time may not be just here yet for Luck, but if any quarterback is capable of winning a big road game in the playoffs it would be Luck.

I see the Patriots winning in a shootout 38-31 and advancing to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2011 season. This would make six Super Bowl appearances for Brady and put him in a class with some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

The AFC title game should be a classic if both offenses are clicking on all cylinders. Brady and Luck are two of the best quarterbacks in the game today and when all is said and done they will be two of the greatest to ever play in the NFL.

The Patriots are on a mission and Sunday I feel they will complete that mission and make their sixth Super Bowl since the 2001 season. Patriots have been the bench mark standard in the NFL since that time and after all these years they are still here competing for championships. It has been a great run for New England and Sunday very well could be another page in their historic run.


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