Broncos Beat Patriots 26-16 in AFC Championship

Golden ticket to the Super Bowl on the line

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The Denver Broncos are headed to the Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning’s Broncos took down Tom Brady’s Patriots 26-16 in the American Football Conference championship.

The Broncos began Sunday’s game with an edge, leaving the Patriots trailing 13-3 by the end of the first half. Another successful scoring drive by Denver lifted them to a 20-3 lead over New England. A fourth-quarter field goal got Denver up 23-3. Tom Brady then led his Patriots to a fourth-quarter touchdown — New England’s first of the game — to cut Denver’s lead to 20-10. Denver answered with a field goal putting them up 26-10 with seven minutes left to play. Tom Brady then ran the ball in for a touchdown, but Denver stopped the Patriot’s two-point conversation attempt to keep the score at 26-16 — a two-score game — with just over three minutes of football to play. But New England was unable to score again, leading to Denver’s 26-16 victory.

The Broncos are now headed to Super Bowl XLVIII to face either the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks, depending on which of those teams wins tonight’s National Football Conference championship.

While self-declared football fan President Barack Obama may have watched Sunday’s big game, he told The New Yorker in a long interview for its Jan. 27 issue, “I would not let my son play pro football” because of reports of early-onset dementia and multiple concussions among NFL players