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Belichick bested John Fox when Fox was coaching Carolina in the 2004 Super Bowl. Obviously, Belichick is seeking a fourth Super Bowl title, rare territory, and hasn’t won it since the 2005. He’ll come up with something on both sides of the ball that will trouble Denver.

Fox, who missed a month of the schedule after heart surgery, is a strong motivator, too, and is smart enough to keep the reins very loose on Manning. His background is in defense, but that’s where the Broncos have struggled under him this season, in large part because they lost five defenders to IR and injuries to Woodyard and Bailey made them backups for most of 2013.

Intangibles

Start with Brady having lost his last two Super Bowls and not playing particularly well in either of them.

Add in Manning seeking his third trip to the big game - and an emphatic stamp of approval as a championship QB.

The Broncos also are spurred on by their meltdown late in last year’s playoff loss to Baltimore at home. New England is driven by no championships in nearly a decade.

Neither side will forget the regular-season meeting, either. Denver wants to replicate the first half in which it forced a slew of turnovers and went ahead 24-0. New England wants to carry the momentum from its second-half surge to victory.

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