Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show early Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' matchup against the Broncos, following Denver's overtime victory over the Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs Sunday.

As was the case when the Patriots played the Broncos last month, Tim Tebow is grabbing most of the early headlines.

Moments after Denver defeated Pittsburgh on Sunday, setting up a Patriots-Broncos meeting in Saturday’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, New England officially announced that Josh McDaniels has joined the team as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to give the Broncos a 29-23 victory over the Steelers Sunday night. The Denver wins sets up an AFC divisional playoff showdown with the Patriots Saturday night (7:30) at Gillette Stadium. 

The meeting between the Patriots and the Broncos is a rematch of the teams' Dec. 18 game in Denver, which the Patriots won 41-23.

Is it beginning to look a lot like the 2007-08 season for the Giants? After narrowly losing to the then-undefeated Packers in Week 13, the Giants finished the regular season winning three of their final four games, and they opened the playoffs with a resounding 24-2 victory over the Falcons on Sunday. It was the Giants' first playoff victory since beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio turned down an offer from Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay to be the new general manager of the Colts, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Caserio has been with New England for 11 years in various capacities, including as a scout, coaching assistant, wide receivers coach and his current position, which he has been in since 2008. For more Patriots news, check out

T.J. Yates threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, and defensive lineman J.J. Watt returned an interception 29 yards for a game-changing touchdown just before halftime as the AFC South champion Texans won their first-ever playoff game, 31-10 over the wild card Bengals Saturday at Reliant Stadium. As a result, the Texans advance to play the Ravens next weekend in Baltimore while the Patriots must wait on the winner of Sunday's Steelers-Broncos game in Denver. 

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was formerly introduced as the 15th head coach in Penn State history on Saturday. O’Brien takes over the program from legendary coach Joe Paterno, who was ousted after an investigation led to charges of sexual assault by retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick issued a statement Saturday in the wake of the news that offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has been named the new head coach at Penn State:

The Patriots are expected to hire Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant who will join the team as a coach for the upcoming playoffs and then become offensive coordinator in 2012, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McDaniels, who was New England's offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008 before departing for a head coaching job with the Broncos, was offensive coordinator for the Rams last season. McDaniels will replace outgoing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who will become head coach at Penn State at the end of New England's postseason run.

Penn State made it official on Friday night, announcing that Bill O’Brien had become the 15th coach in the history of the program. O’Brien, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator and has been a part of New England’s coaching staff since the 2007 season, will be formally announced at a news conference late Saturday morning.