Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NE 336
    • 244 DEN
  • Turnovers

    • NE 2
    • 1 DEN
  • Possession

    NE DEN
    29:48 30:12
  • 1st Downs

    • NE 20
    • 12 DEN

Game Information

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
,
Coverage: CBS
  • Denver, CO 80204
  • Line: NE -3.0
  • Over/Under: 45
Attendance: 77,112
100%
Capacity: 76,125
Referees: Allen Baynes, Rich Hall, Carl Johnson, Dyrol Prioleau, Tony Steratore, Mark Hittner, Ed Hochuli
1/25/2016 ESPN.com news services

Broncos thwart Pats' 2-point try for spot in SB 50

Peyton Manning is off and running. ... all the way to the Super Bowl, and he has the Broncos' defense to thank.

Scoring Summary

CBS1234T
Patriots633618
Broncos7100320
first QuarterNEDEN
TD
7:32
Owen Daniels 21 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Brandon McManus Kick)
11 plays, 83 yards, 5:30
07
TD
1:49
Steven Jackson 1 Yd Run
2 plays, 22 yards, 0:34
67
second QuarterNEDEN
TD
13:46
Owen Daniels 12 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Brandon McManus Kick)
3 plays, 16 yards, 0:49
614
FG
7:02
Stephen Gostkowski 46 Yd Field Goal
13 plays, 48 yards, 6:44
914
FG
0:33
Brandon McManus 52 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 23 yards, 1:13
917
third QuarterNEDEN
FG
10:26
Stephen Gostkowski 38 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 47 yards, 2:49
1217
fourth QuarterNEDEN
FG
10:02
Brandon McManus 31 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 48 yards, 4:58
1220
TD
0:12
Rob Gronkowski 4 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
8 plays, 50 yards, 1:40
1820

Research Notes

  • In the first 23 seasons of the current playoff format, both conference's No. 1 seed reached the Super Bowl 3 times (1991, 1993 & 2009). This is now the 3rd straight season in which both No. 1 seeds reached the Super Bowl.

  • Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with 5 receptions for 62 yards Sunday, including 3 third-down receptions that each resulted in first downs. 2 of those third-down catches kept drives alive that eventually resulted in Broncos points.During the regular season, Sanders led the Broncos with 24 third-down catches that led to first downs, tied for 5th most in the league.

  • Both of Peyton Manning's touchdown passes to Owen Daniels Sunday were thrown more than 10 yards downfield, just the 2nd time this season Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns of that distance (2 in Week 3 at Lions). Daniels had just 1 touchdown reception of at least 10 air yards all season entering Sunday.In the 1st half, Manning was 6-of-13 for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns on throws more than 10 yards downfield. That was his most such completions in any half this season, and tied for his most in any half of a postseason game in the last 10 seasons.

  • The Patriots were 2-of-15 on 3rd down Sunday (13.3 percent), their worst 3rd-down conversion rate in a postseason game in the Brady/Belichick era (since 2001). In their 2 losses to the Broncos this season, the Patriots converted on 14 percent of third-down chances (4-of-28). They converted on 3rd down 43 percent of the time against all other teams.Tom Brady was 3-of-10 (30.0 percent) for 32 yards, an interception and 3 sacks on 3rd down Sunday, his worst 3rd-down completion percentage in a postseason game since the 2007 AFC Championship against the Chargers (25.0 percent). Brady had never previously taken 3 sacks on 3rd down in a postseason.

  • The Broncos sent exactly 3 pass rushers on 14 of Tom Brady's dropbacks Sunday, with Brady going 4-of-13 with a sack against such rushes.The Broncos had sent exactly 3 rushers on 14 dropbacks all season prior to Sunday's game and did so just once in Week 12 against the Patriots.

  • This was the 1st time in Tom Brady's career (regular season or postseason) that he completed less than half of his passes and threw multiple interceptions in a game.

  • Tom Brady was hit a season-high 23 times Sunday. He hadn't taken more than 12 hits in a game this season prior to Sunday.

  • Assuming he starts Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning will be just the 7th QB to start in 4 Super Bowls. He will be the first of that bunch to have a different head coach in each start.

  • Owen Daniels is the 3rd player in Broncos history to catch multiple touchdown passes in a postseason game, joining Clarence Kay (1987) and Haven Moses (1977).

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