"Cold War II"
The REAL Cold War began in the aftermath of the end of the Second World War. The USSR consolidated its control over the states of the East Bloc while the United States began a strategy of global containment to challenge Soviet power, extending military and financial aid to the countries of Western Europe and creating the NATO alliance. The Berlin Blockade (1948–9) was the first major crisis of the Cold War.
With victory of the Communist side in the Chinese Civil War and the outbreak of the Korean War (1950–3), the conflict expanded as the USSR and USA competed for influence in Latin America and decolonizing states of Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile the Revolution in Hungary of '56 was destroyed by the USSR. The expansion and escalation sparked more problems, such as the Suez Crisis, the Berlin Crisis, and the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Following this last crisis a new phase began that saw the Sino-Soviet split complicate relations within the Communist sphere while US allies, particularly France, demonstrated greater independence of action. The USSR crushed the 1968 Prague Spring liberalization program in Czechoslovakia and the Vietnam War (1955–1975) ended with a defeat of the US-backed Republic of South Vietnam, prompting further adjustments.
By the 1970s both sides had become interested in accommodations to create a more stable and predictable international system, inaugurating a period of détente that saw Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and the US opening relations with the People's Republic of China as a strategic counterweight to the Soviet Union. Détente collapsed at the end of the decade with the Soviet war in Afghanistan beginning in 1979.
The early 1980s were another period of elevated tension, with the Soviet downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (1983), and the "Able Archer" NATO military exercises (1983). The United States increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures on the Soviet Union, at a time when the communist state was already suffering from economic stagnation. In the mid-1980s, the new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the liberalizing reforms of perestroika ("reorganization", 1987) and glasnost ("openness", ca. 1985) and ended Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. Pressures for national independence grew stronger in Eastern Europe, especially Poland. Gorbachev meanwhile refused to use Soviet troops to bolster the faltering Warsaw Pact regimes as had occurred in the past. The result in 1989 was a wave of revolutions that peacefully (with the exception of the Romanian Revolution) overthrew all of the Communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe. The Communist Party of the Soviet Union itself lost control and was banned following an abortive coup attempt in August 1991. This in turn led to the formal dissolution of the USSR in December 1991 and the collapse of Communist regimes in other countries such as Mongolia, Cambodia and South Yemen. The United States remained as the world's only superpower.
So in short, it was a war without the actual 'war' part. How does this relate to the Denver-New England rivalry? Well because Denver is doing more fighting off the field then between the lines.
Well it all started following the 2012 season, with the Broncos just having won 13 games, the Pats going back to the AFC Championship, and the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens risking their entire future on a slightly above average and inconsistent QB who had a legendary postseason(finally), the AFC playoff picture was pretty clear, there was the Broncos, Patriots, and 14 other teams that were in pursuit of the #3 seed in the conference. But in Week 12 of the 2013 season, during a cold, windy, night in Foxboro, Massachusetts. When Manning and the the 9-1 Denver Broncos traveled across the country to battle Brady and the 8-2 Patriots, this rivalry was lifted to new heights. Following three Pats turnovers in the 1st, and the 'Orange Crush' scored 24 unanswered points to take a seemingly insurmountable lead for the Pats battling (arguably)the greatest offense in NFL history. But Brady led New England to 28 straight points to start the 2nd half and in overtime the Pats prevailed with a game winning field goal 34-31. And then in January, the AFC Championship. The injury-plagued Pats were completely dominated by Denver, getting embarrassed 23-13. And then there was Aqib Talib. The Pats number one defensive back who was swooped up by Denver this offseason. What did Belichick do? Just sign the best(top 3 maybe) corner in the game[Revis]. While Denver signed a plethora of big name "superstars" to go along their already juiced up offense. Point is, though Denver might have spent the most money, NEVER, and I mean NEVER with a team win a title by free agency. You think I'm lying? Ask the 2012 Lakers? Or maybe the "Dream team" Eagles? How about the 2010 Philadelphia Phillies? Or the entire New York Yankees from 2001-2012(excluding '09 of course)? In their three Super Bowl seasons, how much did you think the Pats spent on their roster? About as much as I can spend on a new car. And considering that I'm a jobless 17 year old, that's not much. The '05 and '08 Steelers didn't either. Money can't but happiness in life, or on the football field.