Dwight Freeney has six sacks this year.
(Paul Jasienski / Associated Press)
Why you should watch
Neither team is particularly brawny on defense, but the Pats show better commitment to the run game. These teams tend to bring out the best in one another. New England is coming off a very physical game against the Steelers. This is another tiebreaker special for the playoffs.
Did you know?
The past five meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. ... Manning has won five of his past six games against the Patriots. ... Brady can tie Brett Favre's NFL record by winning his 25th consecutive home start this Sunday. ... New England's Mike Wright has a career-high 5.5 sacks this year.