On Sunday (January 24, 2016) around 3:00 p.m., Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hosted Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. The winner of this game has the opportunity to play in Super Bowl 50. This game was a big match up between two of the best quarterbacks in the league. This game would be the 17th time that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady play against each other. According to SportsCenter, 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls (including this year) have featured Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger.
The saying in almost every sport is that defense wins games. Well the Denver Broncos played some the best defense on Sunday. Tom Brady threw 2 interceptions and the New England Patriots was halted multiple times to settle for a punt. The game was close as the defending champions didn’t go out without a fight. In the 4th quarter the New England Patriots had 12 points and the Denver Broncos had 20 points. With 17 seconds left Tom Brady hit a double-covered Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone on fourth down to set up the potential tie. The Patriots had to go for 2 because Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point attempt in the first quarter, his first miss in 524 tries. Tom Brady attempted to go for the 2-point conversion but was intercepted by Bradley Roby. The Denver Broncos shattered the New England Patriots dreams on contending for another Super Bowl title for the second year in a row.
The Denver Broncos will advance on to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. They will play against the Carolina Panthers.