CLEVELAND, JAN. 10 -- The Cleveland Browns say they'll have to guard against getting too pumped up for their AFC championship rematch against the Denver Broncos next Sunday.
The Broncos, who beat the Browns, 23-20, in overtime in last year's conference title game at Cleveland, will host this year's game by virtue of their 34-10 playoff victory today over the Houston Oilers.
"It's something we've thought about for a long time," said Browns' cornerback Frank Minnifield, who returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 38-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
"The goal is not to get to the AFC championship game but to be participants in a Super Bowl game and win it," Minnifield said. "The thing I do know is we can't get too emotional. We have to be able to accomplish our goals during the game."
Perhaps the most difficult accomplishment could be stopping Denver quarterback John Elway.
"They have a great team and the greatest quarterback in Elway," said Browns' linebacker Eddie Johnson. "You can't stop him, but you've got to try to contain him. You have to make your defensive ends very disciplined, trying to contain Elway and trying to keep him in a box. If he gets around the corner, nobody in the NFL can stop him."
The Browns also will have to concern themselves with Denver's considerable home-field advantage in Mile High Stadium.
"The toughest crowd, next to Seattle, is probably Denver," said tight end Ozzie Newsome. "We'll have to do something early to take them out of the game."
The Browns, who spent three days in Vero Beach, Fla., last week before playing the Colts, have arranged to practice at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, in hopes of having good weather while adjusting to the higher altitude and thinner air they'll face in Denver.
The team will fly to Albuquerque on Monday night and will hold a light workout Tuesday, full practices Wednesday and Thursday and a workout Friday morning before flying to Denver.