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This is New England’s third straight trip to the AFC title game, but Denver’s first in 2,919 days, since the Broncos lost at home to Pittsburgh on Jan. 22, 2006.

The Patriots are in unfamiliar territory as both underdogs and visitors in this conference championship.

They’ve played their last nine AFC playoff games at home. Their last trip before this weekend came way back in the title game following the 2006 season — when Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a 38-34 win over Brady’s Patriots.