Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) warms up before the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship Game 2014: Knowshon Moreno gashes Patriots defense (GIF)

The Denver Broncos have a million weapons on offense, and that’s the primary reason they’re it the position they are to make it to their first Super Bowl since 1998. Part of the success of Peyton Manning’s offense isn’t his golden arm, but the grit of Knowshon Moreno.

We saw some of that grit on Sunday when Moreno took his first big play of the day and crammed it down the throat of the Patriots defense.

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The catch and run helped set up a Broncos field goal and secure a 3-0 lead, but the Patriots were put on notice by Moreno on his first big play of the day. If the Patriots want a chance to win, they now know they need to clamp down on more than just Manning’s big targets in the passing game.

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