Denver beats New England, in Super Bowl: The Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game Sunday in Denver to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII in two weeks in New Jersey.
The Broncos dominated the first half, taking a 13-3 lead as their defence held the Patriot offence at bay for most of the half.
Denver scored first on a 27-yard field goal by Matt Prater after a 73-yard drive, then drove 93 yards for a touchdown on their next possession to take a 10-0 lead.
All the while, the New England offence was going nowhere as their first half possessions ended with a punt, punt, punt, field goal, and end of half.
The Patriot rushing attack, so successful last week against Indianapolis, was totally stuffed by the Bronco defence. The game was into the 4th quarter and New England had just 39 yards rushing.
Denver opened the 2nd half with an 80-yard drive capped by Peyton Manning’s second touchdown pass of the game, a three-yard toss to Demaryius Thomas that increased Denver’s lead to 20-3.
New England responded by driving to the Denver 29-yard line, but they failed to convert a 4th down and 3 when Tom Brady was sacked for a 10-yard loss.
Denver then drove all the way to the Patriots’ 1-yard line before settling for a field goal to up their lead to 23-3.
New England responded with their first touchdown drive of the game, going 80 yards and converting a 4th and 3 from the Denver 19 along the way. Tom Brady threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman that cut the Denver lead to 23-10.
The Broncos immediately drove back down the field to the New England 36, and when the drive stalled Matt Prater kicked a 54-yard field goal to increase the Denver lead to 26-10.
New England then drove 80 yards for a touchdown, scoring on a Brady 5-yard scramble, but their two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving it a two-possession game at 26-16.
With just over three minutes left in the game, and needing two scores, the Patriots tried an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Broncos.
Denver dominated in every major category of the game – total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, first downs, and time of possession.
Peyton Manning finished the game 32 of 43 passes for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns.