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NFL: Denver 26, New England 16

Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM   |   Comments

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DENVER, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Peyton Manning passed for 400 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, leading the Denver Broncos over New England 26-16 in the AFC championship game.

Manning completed 32-of-43 passes with scoring strikes to Jacob Tamme and and Demaryius Thomas to spark the Broncos, who never trailed en route to their first conference championship since 1998.

They will face Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII after the Seahawks edged San Francisco in Sunday's other conference title game.

Manning will be playing in his third Super Bowl, where he is 1-1 in two appearances with the Indianapolis Colts.

Thomas finished with seven catches for 134 yards, Julius Thomas added eight grabs for 85 yards and Eric Decker chipped in five receptions on his way to 73 yards for Denver.

On defense, the Broncos sacked New England's Tom Brady twice and held the Patriots to 64 rushing yards.

Brady went 24-of-38 for 277 passing yards with a passing and a rushing touchdown as New England dropped a second AFC title game in two years.

Julian Edelman made 10 catches for 89 yards for the Patriots.

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