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BC-FBN--AFC Championship, 3rd Ld,151 URGENT Manning to Super Bowl, Broncos beat Pats 26-16 AP Photo AFC102, AFC109, AFC106, AFC126, AFC129, AFC128, AFC127, AFC122, AFC121, AFC117

Manning taking Broncos to Super Bowl after beating New England 26-16 fo AFC titler

Posted on Jan. 19, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 19, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

DENVER — 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 Sunday 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, N.J.

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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 In this Aug. 19, 2014, photo, Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt loosens up during media day practice of an NCAA college football team in South Bend, Ind. Schmidt doesn’t believe he’s made it because he's now starting middle linebacker. The 6-foot, 235-pound senior says he doesn’t ever want to feel like he’s made it.  (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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