Defin­ing num­bers

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Ten key sta­tis­tics for Sun­day’s AFC cham­pi­onship game be­tween the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and the Bron­cos:


Bron­cos’ turnover dif­fer­en­tial (ranked 19th in the NFL). The Pa­tri­ots were plus-7 (tied for fifth).


Bron­cos’ win­ning per­cent­age this sea­son (10-3) in games de­cided by seven points or fewer. The 10 such wins are tied for the most in NFL his­tory in a sea­son (in­clud­ing play­off games).


Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships for Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick. He is tied with Don Shula for the most such ti­tles in NFL his­tory dur­ing the Su­per Bowl era (since 1966).


Ca­reer post­sea­son vic­to­ries for Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady, most in NFL his­tory. Den­ver’s Pey­ton Man­ning has 12 (rank­ing sixth).


Points per game for New Eng­land in the reg­u­lar sea­son (third in the NFL) vs. 22.2 for the Bron­cos (19th).


Post­sea­son re­cep­tions for Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski over nine games. He has caught eight touch­down passes in the play­offs.


Red zone touch­down per­cent­age for the Pa­tri­ots (fourth in the NFL) vs. .477 for the Bron­cos (28th).


Man­ning’s quar­ter­back rat­ing against the Pa­tri­ots in the play­offs. Man­ning is 2-2, hav­ing com­pleted 109-of-179 pass at­tempts (60.9 per­cent). He has av­er­aged 306 pass­ing yards, one touch­down and 1.5 in­ter­cep­tions per game.


Brady’s quar­ter­back rat­ing against the Bron­cos in the play­offs. Brady is 1-2, hav­ing com­pleted 70of-108 pass at­tempts (64.8 per­cent). He has av­er­aged 327 yards pass­ing, 2.7 touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion per game.


To­tal yards (-1 yard rush­ing, 400 yards pass­ing) by Man­ning against the Pa­tri­ots in the 2013 AFC cham­pi­onship game. Man­ning’s to­tal is the se­cond-most by a Bronco in a play­off game, trail­ing only John El­way’s 424 (39 rush­ing, 385 pass­ing) against Cleve­land on Jan. 14, 1990.

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