After the year long wait, the AFC Championship is set to occur between the Broncos and Patriots. This will be the final deciding factor to see which team progresses to Super Bowl XLVIII to play against the NFC Champion. National sports outlets aren’t buzzing about these teams just because it’s a major game, rather because two of their quarter backs are notorious for their rivalry which has lasted over ten years. While national sports media outlets hold the Broncos in a better standing position to win the championship, Kathy Elderkin—17 year Loiselle Insurance Agency receptionist and die hard Patriots fan—has yet to contribute her experienced analysis and begs to differ with the experts. Our interviewer allowed Kathy to weigh in on this highly talked about quarterback showdown.
Interviewer: Who do you feel has the stronger advantage in the Sunday Championship game, Brady or Manning?
Kathy: Based on statistics, Brady has the higher chances of defeating Manning. Brady has won 10 of the 14 games they have played against one another. Statistics don’t lie!
I: As individuals, what do you feel are these quarterbacks’ strengths and weaknesses?
K: Manning seems to put more pressure on himself during the big games and it sometimes hurts his success during the big ones; however, he has home field advantage (more fans, less travel, familiarity—it’s a given). On the other hand Tom Brady works well under pressure and he is one of the best at reading the defense and is prided with his accuracy. The challenge for Brady is that he is a pocket passer and has trouble if he’s forced to run with the ball. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen much!
I: What is your opinion on the where you think the Patriots have the advantage and where the Broncos have the advantage?
K: The Broncos have healthier players, giving Manning more targets to throw to. The Patriots, overall, have the best running game, passing, and coaching in the league. Did I mention the coaching? Belichick is the very best at reading and responding to opponent defense.
I: What are your conclusive predictions?
K: It will surely be a high scoring game that will result in a close victory. All in all, I’m saying the Patriots will take it! They have quite a history of winning games when labeled as the underdog! It will likely come down to the final minutes and might even be won by a kick. It will be a nail biter for sure. GO PATS!
Catch it Sunday, January, 19 at 4:00pm ET. If you didn’t have time to score your AFC Championship tickets, catch it on your television on CBS (and if you’re on the move but still want to tune in, watch it live on the CBS NFL Playoff Bracket page. Kathy will be stationed in Cumberland Rhode Island watching the game with brut intensity. Family members will in fact be on standby to apply ointment to her severely chewed fingernails. (She will return to work on Monday…if she still has fingers.)