The AFC Championship game: A tale of two quarterbacks

You couldn’t have written a better script for this one…… Sunday’s AFC Championship game will be about just two people, the starting quarterbacks. When the AFC East Champion New England Patriots kickoff against the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts all eyes will be on the signal callers. Signal callers who happen to be two of the best quarterbacks in the game. One is a future Hall of Famer, the other is a superstar in the making. The New England Patriots are led by a man who needs no introduction, Tom Brady. Even at 37-years-old, Brady continues to play like a young, 20 something gunslinger. We all know about the accolades –three Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl MVP awards, five AFC championships, 10-time All-Pro, 10-time Pro Bowler, etc- but what’s amazing is how he continues to perform at a high level despite getting older. SEE ALSO: An NFC Championship game for the ages Brady has thrown for 3,900 or more yards, 25 or more touchdowns, and completion percentage of 60 or higher since 2009. He’s also started every game since then as well. This comes on the heels of the 2008 season in which he tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in the season opener. This year alone the former sixth round draft pick in 1999 threw for 4,109 yards, 33 touchdowns, completed 64-percent of his passes, and has a passer rating of 97.4. He’s compared to legends such as Joe Montana, but Brady is carving out a legend of his own. Andrew Luck’s path to the AFC Championship game As for the Colts Andrew Luck, he hopes to be a legend someday. The son of a former NFL quarterback to date is the second best quarterback to come out of the 2012 NFL Draft (behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson for obvious reasons). While he has yet to attain Wilson’s success, he’s slowly making his own way through the league. The Colts this season won back-to-back AFC South titles, and did so with a makeshift offensive line. This makes Luck’s season even more remarkable. With 11 different offensive line combinations in front of him this year, Luck still managed to reach career highs with 380 completed passes, 4,761 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, a 61.7 completion percentage, and a 96.5 passer rating. SEE ALSO: The top five prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft After leading the Colts past his predecessor in Indy, Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos –which resulted in the departure of head coach John Fox on Monday- in the divisional playoff last week, Luck is looking to pull of another major postseason upset. So it breaks down like this, Brady is looking to add to his personal trophy case with his sixth career AFC title. Luck is looking for his first trip to the Super Bowl along with his first major title since leading Stanford University to the 2010 Orange Bowl trophy. A good crop of players Of course while all of the attention will be on who’s under center, neither man can win this game on their own. What makes Brady so good is that he’s always had a solid offensive line, a platoon of wide receivers and a play making tight end. This year’s group of wideouts includes Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, and Julian Edelman. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is the Pats’ leading receiver (82 receptions, 1,124 yards, 12 touchdowns). They also have a talented and versatile defense led by defensive end Chandler Jones, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung. SEE ALSO: Will Victor Cruz ever be Victor Cruz again? In addition to the interchangeable offensive line, the Colts have their own unique offensive group. A group led by multi-tasking running backs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, and speedy wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (82 catches, 1,345 receiving yards). The Colts also own the league’s 15th ranked defense led by linebackers Erik Walden (six sacks) and Johnathan Newsome (7 1/2 sacks). This game will come down to which team can make that final defensive stop. But at the end of the day, the quarterbacks will get most of the credit.The post The AFC Championship game: A tale of two quarterbacks appeared first on Voxxi.

Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New England Patriots during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images)

You couldn’t have written a better script for this one…… Sunday’s AFC Championship game will be about just two people, the starting quarterbacks. When the AFC East Champion New England Patriots kickoff against the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts all eyes will be on the signal callers.

Signal callers who happen to be two of the best quarterbacks in the game. One is a future Hall of Famer, the other is a superstar in the making. The New England Patriots are led by a man who needs no introduction, Tom Brady. Even at 37-years-old, Brady continues to play like a young, 20 something gunslinger.

We all know about the accolades –three Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl MVP awards, five AFC championships, 10-time All-Pro, 10-time Pro Bowler, etc- but what’s amazing is how he continues to perform at a high level despite getting older.

SEE ALSO: An NFC Championship game for the ages

Brady has thrown for 3,900 or more yards, 25 or more touchdowns, and completion percentage of 60 or higher since 2009. He’s also started every game since then as well. This comes on the heels of the 2008 season in which he tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in the season opener.

This year alone the former sixth round draft pick in 1999 threw for 4,109 yards, 33 touchdowns, completed 64-percent of his passes, and has a passer rating of 97.4. He’s compared to legends such as Joe Montana, but Brady is carving out a legend of his own.

Andrew Luck’s path to the AFC Championship game

As for the Colts Andrew Luck, he hopes to be a legend someday. The son of a former NFL quarterback to date is the second best quarterback to come out of the 2012 NFL Draft (behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson for obvious reasons).

While he has yet to attain Wilson’s success, he’s slowly making his own way through the league. The Colts this season won back-to-back AFC South titles, and did so with a makeshift offensive line. This makes Luck’s season even more remarkable.

With 11 different offensive line combinations in front of him this year, Luck still managed to reach career highs with 380 completed passes, 4,761 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, a 61.7 completion percentage, and a 96.5 passer rating.

SEE ALSO: The top five prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

After leading the Colts past his predecessor in Indy, Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos –which resulted in the departure of head coach John Fox on Monday- in the divisional playoff last week, Luck is looking to pull of another major postseason upset.

So it breaks down like this, Brady is looking to add to his personal trophy case with his sixth career AFC title. Luck is looking for his first trip to the Super Bowl along with his first major title since leading Stanford University to the 2010 Orange Bowl trophy.

A good crop of players

Of course while all of the attention will be on who’s under center, neither man can win this game on their own. What makes Brady so good is that he’s always had a solid offensive line, a platoon of wide receivers and a play making tight end.

This year’s group of wideouts includes Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, and Julian Edelman. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is the Pats’ leading receiver (82 receptions, 1,124 yards, 12 touchdowns). They also have a talented and versatile defense led by defensive end Chandler Jones, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung.

SEE ALSO: Will Victor Cruz ever be Victor Cruz again?

In addition to the interchangeable offensive line, the Colts have their own unique offensive group. A group led by multi-tasking running backs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, and speedy wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (82 catches, 1,345 receiving yards).

The Colts also own the league’s 15th ranked defense led by linebackers Erik Walden (six sacks) and Johnathan Newsome (7 1/2 sacks). This game will come down to which team can make that final defensive stop. But at the end of the day, the quarterbacks will get most of the credit.

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