Broncos Super Bowl Bound 1/19/14
The Denver Broncos are AFC champions for the first time since the 1998 season. Peyton Manning was on target all afternoon while the Broncos shut down New England's offense in a 26-16 victory at Denver.
Manning was 32 of 43 for 400 yards, two short touchdowns and no interceptions to improve to 2-2 lifetime versus Tom Brady and the Pats in the postseason. Manning's three-yard TD pass to Demaryius (deh-MAR'-ee-uhs) Thomas put Denver ahead 20-3 with 7:52 left in the third quarter. The Broncos owned a 20-point lead once Matt Prater hit a 19-yard field goal early in the final period.
The Broncos had to settle for four Prater field goals, but the drives allowed them to control the ball for almost 36 minutes and keep Brady off the field. Brady finished with 277 passing yards, much of it coming after the Patriots fell behind 23-3.
Brady threw a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman in the fourth quarter and ran for a five-yard score with 3:07 to play. But the Broncos all-but clinched the victory by stopping the ensuing two-point conversion attempt before running out the clock.