New England Patriots looking forward to rematch against Manning
When the two teams face each other yet again, it will the Super Bowl that they will be fighting for and Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning said that they would fare better against the Patriots this time.
Patriots safety Steve Gregory said that they would be ready for the improved Patriots as they had upped their game as well.
"We'll have to be on top of our game," he said.
And considering their performance over the time, it is evident that they are not joking. The pass defence Patriots have been deploying is extremely effective in shutting down any pass game the opponent has in mind.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ended up getting intercepted four times on Saturday when the Patriots and Colts met in a divisional round game. Same has been the performance over the season and they are only getting better at it with every passing game.
Now the Patriots are on their way to Denver for the AFC Championship Game. And things will be on a different level as compared to most of the other teams they have played. Manning is no ordinary quarterback and is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. He has been having a smashing season and is on a spree to break many records. Even though the last time Patriots and Broncos met he did not do well, it only means he will be looking for a performance to redeem his failure.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said that communication was the key.
"What you are always trying to strive for is consistency, certainly in a position like the defensive backs where there is a lot of communication,” he said.
Coach Bill Belichick said that they had a huge advantage by having a majority of same players for some time on the defensive, meaning they had developed chemistry and would play with increased coordination.
“It's been a huge plus for us that we've been able to essentially keep those same players back there," he said. “Then (there's) some degree of flexibility because both Steve Gregory and Devin have both played corner.”