Broncos host Pats with playoff fate in balance (AFP)

The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos close the NFL regular season with three do-or-die games, none more important than Sunday’s clash with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a rematch of last season’s AFC title game. “We’re going to have to play exceptional from here on, especially this week,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said of the task facing his 8-5 team. Kubiak calls the 11-2 Patriots “the best team in football”.