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On Deck: AFC Championship Game

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    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every postseason game during the 2015 season.

    The Teams: The Patriots ended the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak without much issue while the Broncos rallied to beat the injury-ravaged Steelers, setting up another postseason clash between two of the best quarterbacks of all-time on Sunday in the Mile High City.

    Past Meetings: The Broncos are 29-21 all-time against the Patriots and the Broncos are 3-1 all-time in the postseason. The Broncos took down the Patriots in overtime back in November to hand New England its first loss of the season.

    Who's Hot: Tom Brady was awesome, as he usually is in January, completing 28 of his 42 pass attempts for 302 yards and two touchdown strikes to Rob Gronkowski with no interceptions. Julian Edelman also returned from a long layoff to catch 10 balls for 100 yards on the nose. Gronk had seven grabs for 83 yards and the two touchdowns.

    C.J. Anderson continued the trend of a new Broncos running back leading the way seemingly every week. Anderson rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. While Demaryius Thomas was basically neutralized in the passing game, Emmanuel Sanders had five catches for 85 yards.

    Who's Not: The Patriots didn't even pretend to try to run the football on Sunday, and with Brady at the helm in the playoffs, you can get away with that. But it's still not optimal. As a team, the Pats rushed for 38 yards, led by veteran add-on Steven Jackson's 16 yards on six carries.

    Peyton Manning's return to the starting lineup didn't go great — 21-of-37 for 222 yards and no scores — but he didn't turn the ball over and his day could've looked much better if not for some pretty awful play from his wideouts. He did spread the ball around to nine different receivers.