Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals at the line of scrimmage in the second half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship Game 2014 final score: Broncos earn Super Bowl XLVIII berth with 26-16 win over Patriots

Peyton Manning will get the chance to play for his second Super Bowl ring as he and his Denver Broncos team were able to take down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, 26-16.

From start to finish in this one, the Broncos were on top, beginning with a field goal in the first quarter, the only scoring to take place by either team in the first 15 minutes.

They took a 13-3 lead into the half, and never really looked back from there and they used Manning’s precision passing and the rushing efforts of Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno to punch their ticket to Metlife Stadium in two weeks.

Manning finished the game with 400 yards passing and two touchdowns on the afternoon and no interceptions, while Ball and Moreno ran for 43 and 59 yards respectively.

The Patriots tried to make one final comeback in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing from Brady, but it wasn’t enough to send them back to play for another Lombardi Trophy.

With the win, John Elway is one step closer to accomplishing what he set out to do with this franchise when he took over in the front office, and Peyton is now one step closer to becoming the first QB in history to win two rings with two different teams.

They will now await the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

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