(DENVER) — The Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl. Denver advances to Super Bowl XLVIII after defeating the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning advances to his third-career Super Bowl after he completed 32 of 43 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
“Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get here,” Manning said after the win.
Less than three years removed from multiple neck surgeries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning is taking the Broncos to the Super Bowl in his second season with the team, which is exactly what the team envisioned when they signed him prior to the 2012 season.
Manning is now 5-10 in his career against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but 2-1 in AFC Championship Games.
Brady threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, but the Patriots failed to gain much momentum on offense or defense.
“We got in a hole there,” Brady said while referencing the team’s 23-3 fourth quarter deficit. “It was just too much to dig our way out.”
Broncos head coach John Fox will coach in his second Super Bowl, the last coming with the Carolina Panthers during the 2003 season.
The Patriots have lost two-straight AFC Championship Games.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN