In a game that Vegas oddsmakers had favoring the New England Patriots by 3, the Denver Broncos played a strong defensive game, ensuring the victory on deflected pass interception on a 2 point converstion that would have more than likely sent the game into overtime. Instead, the Broncos find themselves victorious in the AFC Championship game with their ticket punched to SuperBowl 50.
The Broncos jumped out to a 7 point lead in the first quarter of the AFC championship game, but the Patriots would respond in relatively short order. Then, one of the most important moments in the game came when one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL, Stephen Gostkowski, missed the extra point that kept the Patriots down 1 point. How critical that 1 point would be later.
The Broncos scored a 2nd touchdown early in the 2nd quarter on a 12 yard completion to Owen Daniels from Peyton Manning, making the game 14 to 6 in the Broncos favor.
Through the rest of the 1st half, and most of the 2nd, there was very little productivity on offense on either side of the ball, with both teams trading field goals, eventually resulting in a 20-12 game, still favoring the Broncos.
As the game began entering the stretch 4th quarter, a series of drives occurred where the Patriots pressed the ball deep into Denver territory, only to come up short on 4th down conversions. Luckily for the Patriots, the Broncos seemed to be unable to take much time off the clock, doing one of the most dangerous things in the NFL, giving Tom Brady enough time to mount a 4th quarter comeback.
As it would happen, Tom Brady would do what he does best, completing a 4th down pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski to not only get a new set of downs, but also set them up near the endzone. Again, the Broncos put up a strong stand, forcing a 4th and goal to go, but Brady would not be denied, and found Gronkowski in the back of the endzone once more to make it 20-18.
The PAtriots only option was to go for the 2 point conversion, forced by the missed extra point back in the 1st quarter of the game. Brady dropped back and made his throw, only to have the pass deflected into the air, and intercepted.
With that play the Patriots SuperBowl dreams this season came to an end, as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos look forward to meeting the NFC Champions in 2 weeks.