The Denver Broncos have advanced to their 8th Super Bowl. The Broncos defeated the New England Patriots, 20-18.
With the Broncos going to the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning is $2 million richer. If this is his last ride, he has an opportunity to go out in style as Jerome “The Bus” Bettis and Ray Lewis were able to do in their retirement seasons.
The Patriots cut the lead to 17-12 when Stephen Gostkowski made a 38-yard field goal. Broncos kicker Brandon McManus made it 20-12 when he made a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
With 12 seconds left in regulation, Tom Brady threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski. However, the two point conversion was picked off, sealing the 20-18 win.
Brady threw two interceptions in the first half. This is the first time in his Hall of Fame career that he has two interceptions and 0 TD’s in a playoff game in the first half.
Darian Stewart and Von Miller has the two interceptions. Miller’s interception helped set up the Broncos second touchdown in the game.
Brady threw just two interceptions in the entire season.
Both teams traded field goals in the final eight minutes of the second quarter. Gostkowski made it 14-9 when he made a 46-yard field goal.
Then, with just seconds left in the game, McManus made a 52-yard field goal for the 17-9 lead.
Following Miller’s pick, Manning hit Owen Daniels for a 12-yard touchdown. After McManus’ extra point, they led 14-6.
Steven Jackson — who signed with the Patriots after Christmas — scored on a one-yard touchdown to make it 7-6. Then, on the extra point, Gostkowski missed it.
It’s his second career missed extra point as he also missed one in 2006 against the Tennessee Titans. This year’s extra points are longer than they were in 2006.
Daniels gave the Broncos the early lead when he caught a 21-yard touchdown from Manning for the 7-0 lead. It was Manning’s first touchdown pass at home since October 4th, which also went to Daniels.
With the Patriots losing this game, Brady is 2-7 all-time in Denver. It’s also be his second loss in Denver this season as the Broncos defeated the Patriots 30-23 in overtime in late November during the regular season.
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