Haha ya that call was so close, I can see why it wasn't overturned. But I could see the case for it being overturned. Champ was getting gassed after that run, but I have no idea how Watson caught him still.
You have every right and belief to like the Pats chances against anyone including Denver. It should be a close game, really, but just as you think the Patriots can win, I think my team can do it. I know that from visiting Patriots forums recently (some of them are so obnoxious and cocky its disgusting, but every fan has them), they like to point out that Denver had a weak schedule and that the Patriots will dominate us. That may be true, but we still took care of business and did it in dominating fashion. The Patriots didn't have that tough of a schedule either though tbh.
I visit Patriots fan forums, probably the same one you've visited because I see a thread stating exactly that, about the strength of schedule. The flaw in the homers' arguments is that the Broncos can't change who their opponent is, they can only go out and try to win against them. Those same detractors would NOT want to hear about it if their favorite team had an easy schedule and won all those games. And some people aren't learning. You take the regular season and throw it out the window in the playoffs. It means nothing at this point. Great teams fall flat on their face, and "lesser" teams break out and come up huge.
The 7-9 Seahawks over the Saints a couple years ago. The 9-7 Giants winning the Super Bowl, and the 10-6 Giants beating the first ever 18-0 team. The 9-7 Arizona Cardinals HOSTING an NFCCG, winning it, and coming 2:37 from winning the SB. The 10-6 Packers backing into the playoffs and going on to dominate the NFC playoffs and win the SB. Records mean nothing in the playoffs and it's all about who's hot.
The Patriots and Broncos are two of the elite offenses in the NFL, with two of the greatest QB's that ever played the game. It would be a hell of a game, in any stadium. And there's no guarantee that either team will even GET to the AFCCG. But I agree with you that it's a bit lame to discredit a team for their schedule. I look at the Broncos' roster and it's loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. And any team with Peyton Manning under center has a chance to win on any given day. I have nothing but respect for the Broncos, and admit they are much more intimidating now than they were with Tebow at QB a year ago.