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The Patriots and Broncos played each other Nov. 24 and now are matched up in the AFC Championship game. The faces and uniforms are the same, but the teams are now quite different.
“It’s just like any time you play a team twice — I think you look at what happened, but you have to erase the board and start all over again,” Bill Belichick said.
Without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots might not have enough firepower to overcome a 24-point deficit as they did the first time.
But the Broncos arguably have more changes than the Patriots. Most notably, they won’t have their top pass rusher and best all-around defensive player in outside linebacker Von Miller, who is out for the season with a torn ACL.