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8 things you need to know about the AFC Championship Game

The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots will meet in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Here are eight things you need to know about the two teams as they fight for a spot in Super Bowl 50.

This will be the second time the Broncos
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This will be the second time the Broncos and Patriots meet this season. C.J. Anderson scored on a 48-yard run with 12:32 left in overtime as the Broncos ended the Patriots' then-unbeaten season, 30-24, in Week 12. The Patriots were playing without receiver Julian Edelman (broken foot) and lost Rob Gronkowski to a knee strain in the final minutes of regulation. The Broncos were without Peyton Manning, who was out with a partial tear in his plantar fascia. Brock Osweiler, making his first career NFL start, helped the Broncos rally from a 21-7 deficit to a 24-21 lead with 1:09 left, but Stephen Gostkowski kicked the tying field goal as time ran out to send the game to overtime.

During their Week 12 game in Denver, Tom
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During their Week 12 game in Denver, Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning has thrown one touchdown pass in six games at home this season.

The Patriots are 10-0 with Julian Edelman in
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The Patriots are 10-0 with Julian Edelman in the lineup, including playoff games and the Week 10 game in which he was injured. They were 3-4 when he didn't play.

Demaryius Thomas averaged 12.4 yards per reception in
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Demaryius Thomas averaged 12.4 yards per reception in 2015, the lowest single-season average of his career. On the flip side, Emmanuel Sanders' 14.9 yards per reception was the highest single-season average of his career.

The Patriots have never lost a playoff game
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The Patriots have never lost a playoff game under Bill Belichick when they won the turnover battle.

The Broncos' defense ranked first in the league
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The Broncos' defense ranked first in the league in total yards allowed (4,530), yards per play (4.4), passing yards allowed (3,193), sacks (52), sack percentage (8.3 percent) and yards per carry (3.3).

It took 11 years, but Steven Jackson made
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It took 11 years, but Steven Jackson made it back to the playoffs. The veteran running back had six carries for 16 yards in the Patriots' divisional-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs after being signed with two weeks left in the regular season. It was Jackson's first playoff appearance since his rookie season in 2004 when he had 19 carries for 68 yards in two games for the Rams

C.J. Anderson had 424 yards from scrimmage and
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C.J. Anderson had 424 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 103 touches in the first half of the Broncos season. He had 562 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns on 91 touches in the second half.

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