Oct 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Early Thoughts on Championship Sunday

The final step in the “Road to MetLife Stadium” is set. New England is taking on the Denver Broncos, and the 49ers are in Seattle to face the Seahawks.

So, who takes the last leap, and sets a date for Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium? Here are some early thoughts.

Game one is the rematch of two legends, Peyton Manning, and as much as I hate to say it, Tom Brady. The duels between these two in the past have taken on lives of their own, and I am sure that this week will be no different. The homefield has meant a lot in this matchup over the years, so don’t discount the fact that they are playing in Denver.

However, this is a very different New England team. If they can score 43 points, without the benefit of a Tom Brady touchdown pass, that’s scary. Not since the Corey Dillon days, have the Patriots had this strong of a running attack to open things up for Tom Brady. This team will be a tough out for Peyton and the Broncos.

Knowshawn Moreno is going to be a key factor in this game for Denver. They are going to have to keep this New England offense off the field to win this one. The Broncos will have to attack this secondary as well. Aqib Talib is tough, and New England will do its best to take out Demaryius Thomas. Eric Decker and Julius Thomas will be huge as well. The Broncos’ secondary weapons will have to play well for Denver to hold serve at home.

In game two, I see a battle of the star running backs. You have two similar teams doing battle in the 49ers and the Seahawks. Two teams that play tough defense, have scrambling quarterbacks, and excellent running attacks. Who comes out ahead? The winner of the heavyweight matchup, Marshawn Lynch vs. Frank Gore. With the tough secondary that both of these teams sport, the passing games are going to balance themselves out.

The winner on the ground, will head to MetLife Stadium.

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