Saturday night, the New England Patriots host Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (8 p.m. ET on CBS). Once all the pre-game 'Tebowing' subsides, Tom Brady and his high-powered offense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL, will take to the Gillette Stadium turf.
This is an offense that scored 41 points on the Broncos defense when the two teams met last month in Denver and averaged 32 points per game over the course of the season.
In 2011, Brady enjoyed perhaps his finest season as a pro since his MVP year of 2007, throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns. However, the Patriots have needed an MVP-type year from their quarterback, as defense - measured by the yards given up per game ranks statistically next to last in the league.
That gives Tebow and the Denver offense a chance to send the Patriots to their fourth consecutive playoff defeat, dating back to the 2008 Super Bowl. Led by running back Willis McGahee, the Broncos can control the ball with an NFL-leading rushing attack.