Peyton Manning Leads Broncos to Super Bowl
Denver upends New England 26-16 in the AFC title game
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2014 5:21 PM CST
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field following the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.   (Joe Mahoney)

(Newser) – Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl after a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns today to lead Denver to its first trip to the NFL title game in 15 years.The Broncos (15-3) will play San Francisco or Seattle on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. It marks the next big step for Manning on a comeback from multiple neck surgeries that almost ended his career.

He led the Broncos on a pair of 7-plus-minute touchdown drives, the second of which gave Denver a 20-3 lead. Manning improved to 5-10 lifetime against Brady but is now 2-1 in the AFC title games. The Patriots (13-5) got only 64 yards rushing and most of Brady's 277 yards came after New England had fallen behind by 20.

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Norman Johnson
Jan 20, 2014 6:00 PM CST
I'm glad the Broncos won.What happened to the Pats?Maybe the thin air and the fan noise threw them off their game.The refs must'a been watching the Bronco cheerleaders too much because they missed a lot of holding and pass interference calls.Of course the 49ers vs Seahawks game was even worse as far as that goes.The receivers were just about having fights with the safeties and db's every snap.
Jan 20, 2014 6:18 AM CST
They only won because Tim Tebow was praying for them to win.
Jan 20, 2014 1:08 AM CST
not a huge Manning fan, but then i heard the story about him shouting Omaha before each snap and the donations involved in it, and i just gained a HUGE amount of respect for him. To think, at a stresful time like that, that he had the wherewithall to remember to shout "Omaha" for some charity, that leaves a good impression..