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NFL Playoff Schedule Update: Patriots to play Broncos in the AFC Championship Game

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The NFL's Conference Championship rounds are set!

The New England Patriots will face the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game. The Broncos defeated the Steelers in Denver with a final score of 23-16.

The Patriots earned their ticket to the AFC Championship game with a solid 27-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. The offense played its best game since week 10 with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman, as quarterback Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again.

The Patriots suffered some minor injuries on defense as linebackers Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Jerod Mayo, as well as defensive end Chandler Jones suffered varying degrees of injuries. Hightower remained in the game, while Collins, Mayo, and Jones didn't finish. Hopefully every player will be on deck for the Championship round.

The Broncos looked awful for the majority of the game against a Steelers team that was missing is top running back and wide receiver, and played an injured quarterback. The Patriots could open as the favorite while on the road.

The last time these two teams played, the Patriots were without Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Jamie Collins, and lost Dont'a Hightower and Rob Gronkowski in the middle of the game.

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Remaining NFL Playoff Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 24

AFC Championship: Patriots at Broncos 3:00 p.m., CBS
NFC Championship: Cardinals at Panthers 6:40 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Feb. 7

Super Bowl 50: AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m., CBS