Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/14/12

DENVER - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the Pittsburgh Steelers during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Later this afternoon, Timmy Tebow takes on Tommy Brady in family battle of Son v Nephew. It’s been the most talked about game of the week; let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Here is all the basic info you need to know, what MSF’s writers have said about the game this week, and a poll so you can take your pick.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Game Info
  • Broncos-Patriots Date, Time, and TV: Saturday, January 14th at 8:00 ET on CBS
  • Broncos-Patriots Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Broncos-Patriots Point Spread: Patriots -13.5
  • Broncos-Patriots Over-Under: 51

Jerod’s Broncos-Patriots Spread Pick

That’s a big spread, a very big spread, especially to give a team that has not won a playoff game since the AFC Championship game in 2008 and that features an atrocious defense. I know that Tom Brady is really good, and Bill Belichick will surely cook something up on defense to confuse Tim Tebow, but with the confidence Tebow and the Broncos gained against Pittsburgh they are going to come into New England ready to deliver their best shot.

ALL of the pressure is on New England in this game. They’ll probably win it because of Brady, but this isn’t going to be any kind of cakewalk. Not anymore. And with that big of a spread, this is a no-brainer.

  • Broncos-Patriots free pick: Broncos +13.5
Steve’s Broncos-Patriots Prediction

Click to read Steve’s complete Broncos-Patriots Preview

The Pats’ already beat the Broncos this year 41-23, which came in Denver in Week 15. That ended the Broncos’ six game losing streak, but did not keep them out of the playoffs.

This time the game means much more, as it is for a berth in the AFC Championship game.

Tim Tebow will need to build off of his passing game from last week. He threw for 316 yards against a top-ten passing defense, and now he goes up against the Patriots’ 31st ranked pass defense. Even though the Evil Emperor Bill Belicheck hired former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to be an offensive assistant/spy, the Broncos should be able to rack up a significant amount of yards through the air.

If the Broncos can take care of the ball and not turn it over, there is no reason why they could not win this game. The Patriots defense has not been good all year, and this will show in the game. The Pats’ have lost in the first round in the past two seasons, and I think it will be three. Why not?

  • Broncos-Patriots Prediction: Denver 27 | Patriots 24
Broncos-Patriots Poll

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