Brady, on Monday, wasn't shy about acknowledging what's at stake.
"It would be as satisfying as any victory we've ever had if we could go in there and win," he told WEEI-FM, per CSN New England. "We've overcome a lot of things with some injuries. We've had some amazing comebacks ... it's everything you could ask for."
Heading for their third consecutive AFC Championship Game, the Patriots are tasked with repeating the trick they pulled off in Week 12, topping a Peyton-led offense that has torched the history books.
"We've got a bunch of underdogs on our team and I'm sure we'll be underdogs again," Brady said of going to Denver. "It's how we play, it's not where we play."
"Brady-Manning XV" will be broken down and analyzed to death this week, but one lingering reality haunts the proceedings: This might be our last chance to see them square off for stakes these high.
Our advice: Bask in it.