- Saturday night’s broadcast on CBS will feature the top team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. It will mark the fifth consecutive week that Nantz and Simms will be broadcasting a Denver Broncos game.
- Since Robert Kraft’s purchase of the New England Patriots Franchise in 1994, they have qualified for the postseason in 13 of his 18 seasons – 11 of them being division crowns. Saturday evening’s contest will also make for the 14th home playoff game in that time. To this date, the Patriots are 11-2 at home under Kraft, with the two losses coming in the 2009 and 2010 NFL seasons.
- Denver is the only franchise that can claim knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs multiple times. Every other Patriots playoff loss has come at the hands of different clubs.
- Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is 2-6 lifetime in his career against Denver. One of those losses came to the Broncos in the 2005 AFC Division Round match-up.
- Since the opening of Gillette Stadium in 2002, the Patriots have taken full advantage of their home field, going an eye-dropping 74-15 including playoff games.
- With one touchdown pass Saturday, Brady will tie Kurt Warner for fourth place on the all-time career postseason touchdown list. Brady currently sits fifth with 30 touchdown passes.
all statistics courtesy of New England Patriots Press Release for the Denver-New England game, the full press release can be found at patriots.com