Broncos beat the Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game

Peyton Manning is heading to his 3rd Super Bowl after the Broncos dominate the Patriots 26-16

1/19/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shake hands after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe game was a lot more low scoring than most people thought, but the Broncos held serve in Denver and beat the Patriots 26-16 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

The Broncos got out to a 20-3 lead after three quarters by eating up large chunks of game time on long scoring drives and holding the Patriots offense to remarkable inefficiency.

Peyton Manning finished 32 for 43, with exactly 400 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots were completely unable to put any pressure on him throughout the game, and didn't hit him a single time in this game. That's not exactly the recipe for success against any QB.

Demaryius Thomas was outstanding for the Broncos, catching 7 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

On the Patriots side of the ball, their running game was completely stifled, despite being outstanding over the past 3 games. They combined for only 64 yards on 16 carries, and Tom Brady scored their only rushing touchdown.

This was the third conference championship game between Manning and Brady, tying an NFL record for opposing QBs.

Manning and the Broncos will now take on the winner of the Seahawks and 49ers game.
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