Here are some photos from field level as players warmed up prior to tonight’s game:
The following players will not be active for the Broncos tonight: safety Brian Dawkins, wide receiver Eric Decker, tackle Ryan Harris, defensive end Derrick Harvey, linebacker Mike Mohamed, long snapper Lonie Paxton and tight end Julius Thomas.
For New England, quarterback Ryan Mallett, defensive back Nate Jones, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and defensive lineman Ron Brace will not suit up tonight.
On Sunday, the Patriots and Broncos will cross paths for the 45th time overall, and for the third time in postseason play. The Broncos owning a 27-17 advantage in the series.
The two clubs have met twice in the postseason with Denver winning both contests. The Broncos topped the Patriots 22-17 in an AFC Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 4, 1987, and defeated them 27-13 on Jan. 14, 2006 in another AFC Divisional Playoff matchup.
The Broncos have won six of the nine meetings between the two clubs in the past decade. At one point, Denver reeled off 11 consecutive victories over the Patriots (11/4/84-9/7/98).
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock has proclaimed Friday, Jan. 13 to be “Orange Friday” in the city and county of Denver to support the Broncos before their AFC Divisional contest at New England, which will kick off at 6 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 14.
“Denver is electric with enthusiasm for the Broncos,” Mayor Hancock said. “It’s up to our fans to come together, continue to show support for our team and give them the energy needed to keep this magical season going.”