From Jeff Legwold at ESPN: When trying to decide how things will go in a postseason game, many coaches around the league say start at quarterback and then see who has the healthiest roster at that point in the season around him. By that gauge, having earned a playoff bye, the Broncos are a healthier team than the Steelers, especially with three major contributors in the Steelers’ offense — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back DeAngelo Williams — all with injury questions. So it really comes down to focus, attitude and playing great in big moments. The Broncos certainly didn’t do that last January at home in the divisional-round loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It will be clear in this one whether or not the Broncos have really learned their lesson. Broncos 24, Steelers 16. Grunt concurs. Game at 2:40 Mountain.
UPDATE: Nailbiter Final Broncos 23, Steelers 16. Jeff very nearly called that spot on. Denver advances to the AFC Championship game with the New England Patriots, and they’ll have to clean up a few things if they’re going to get past them next week. It’s a solid team. It could happen.
NEXT UP: These guys face each other again on Sunday. This pic is from the 2014 AFC Playoffs when Manning’s Broncos beat Brady’s Pats 26-16.