The Denver Broncos have the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the home-field advantage, a regular-season season win over the New England Patriots and the league’s No. 1 defense in a number of categories. But the Orange & Blue don’t have the backing of oddsmakers or certainly the overwhelming majority of the national prognosticators heading into Sunday afternoon’s AFC Championship Game.

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Born to early-1960's Broncos season-ticket holders, Ken Pomponio is a fourth-generation Coloradan and University of Northern Colorado graduate who has covered the Front Range and Denver sports scene for more than 25 years for various websites and newspapers.