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

(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.

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.
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)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls out a play during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls out a play during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.   (Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) leaps over New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30)  in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) leaps over New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.   (Jack Dempsey)
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