Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • PIT 396
    • 324 DEN
  • Turnovers

    • PIT 1
    • 0 DEN
  • Possession

    31:33 28:27
  • 1st Downs

    • PIT 16
    • 19 DEN

Game Information

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Coverage: CBS
  • Denver, CO 80204
  • Line: EVEN
Attendance: 76,956
Capacity: 76,125
Referees: Wayne Mackie, Terry McAulay, Rick Patterson, Tim Podraza, Carl Paganelli, Scott Edwards, Bryan Neale
1/17/2016 Associated Press

Broncos convert late drive to seal AFC finale spot

Peyton Manning rescued the Broncos with a late touchdown drive, and Denver advanced to the AFC championship game with a 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterPITDEN
Brandon McManus 28 Yd Field Goal
5 plays, 20 yards, 1:57
Brandon McManus 41 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 8 yards, 1:26
Fitzgerald Toussaint 1 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick)
5 plays, 80 yards, 2:18
second QuarterPITDEN
Chris Boswell 43 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 60 yards, 3:53
Brandon McManus 51 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 62 yards, 3:14
third QuarterPITDEN
Chris Boswell 28 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 69 yards, 2:19
Brandon McManus 41 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 30 yards, 3:08
fourth QuarterPITDEN
C.J. Anderson 1 Yd Run (Peyton Manning Pass to Demaryius Thomas for Two-Point Conversion)
13 plays, 65 yards, 6:52
Brandon McManus 45 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 3 yards, 0:56
Chris Boswell 47 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 51 yards, 0:34

Research Notes

  • Ben Roethlisberger posted a 53.2 Total QBR in the Steelers loss Sunday. It was his highest QBR in any of his 5 postseason losses in the last 10 seasons.

  • Peyton Manning posted a 35.9 Total QBR Sunday, his 2nd worst in a playoff game in the last 10 seasons. It was his worst QBR in a playoff win in that time.

  • Manning was 3-of-5 for 45 yards when under duress, including his 34-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders early in the 4th quarter after Manning had fallen down avoiding a sack. Sanders gained 19 yards after the catch, the most on any Broncos reception Sunday.The reception was 1 of 3 passes that Sanders caught at least 15 yards downfield, tied for his most such receptions in a game this season. Sanders also caught 3 passes of at least 15 air yards in Week 15 against the Steelers. Manning was 3-of-4 targeting Sanders deep downfield Sunday, compared to 1-of-6 targeting all other receivers.

  • DROPSBroncos receivers dropped 6 passes Sunday, including 5 in the first half. That is tied for the most by any team in a postseason game in the last 10 seasons, and the most for the Broncos in ANY game in the last 6 seasons.In the last 10 postseasons, teams with 5+ drops in a game are a combined 2-6. The 2 wins have come in the last 2 days (Patriots on Saturday, Broncos on Sunday).THIRD DOWNSPrior to the game-winning touchdown drive, the Broncos were 1-of-12 on 3rd down, including 0-of-8 on 3rd and 5+ yards. On the game-winning drive, the Broncos were 2-of-2 on 3rd down, converting on 3rd-and-12 (31-yard completion to Bennie Fowler) and 3rd-and goal (1-yard Rush TD from C.J. Anderson).ALLOWING EXPLOSIVE PLAYSThe Steelers had 4 plays of 30+ yards Sunday, the most the Broncos have allowed in a game in the last 3 seasons including playoffs, including 3 in the 1st half. 3 of the 4 big plays led to Steelers points.The Broncos allowed 16 such plays during the regular season, tied for 2nd fewest in the league (Buccaneers - 14).

  • Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed 4 times for 7 yards in the 2nd half Sunday, lowering his 2nd-half rushing average to 2.33 yards per rush for the season. Only 1 running back (DuJuan Harris of the 49ers) was worse in the 2nd half this season.

  • Martavis Bryant had 194 yards from scrimmage Sunday (154 Rec yds, 40 Rush yds). It's the most by a Steelers player in a postseason game in the Super Bowl Era.

  • The Steelers weren't able to close Sunday rushing 6 times for 7 yards in the 2nd half Sunday, including a crucial lost fumble by Fitzgerald Toussaint. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant was the Steelers' leading rusher Sunday.

  • The Steelers went 2-of-12 on 3rd down (16.7%) which was actually worse than the Broncos (3-of-15, 20.0%). The Steelers went 4-of-25 (16.0%) on 3rd down this postseason.

  • Steelers have won their last 14 playoff games when leading entering the 4th quarter ... last loss, 1994 AFC title game to Chargers


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