The 2013 New England Patriots overachieved this season, but they couldn’t overcome a powerful Denver Broncos squad in the AFC Championship Game.
Thanks to big games by running back LaGarrette Blount and linebacker Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game once again.
The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its first Thursday night game since September of 2010. The Vikings will enter the game as the favorite at home, two things that bode well for the purple. The key will be stopping passing duo Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson.