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The Broncos' Tony Carter couldn't make the catch for an interception.
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Julian Edelman had little room to run after catching this first-quarter pass. The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Carter broke up a pass intended for Matthew Slater.
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Peyton Manning completed a 12-yard pass to Montee Ball.
Manning completed a touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme.
The Denver crowd erupted in celebration.
Eric Decker (left) celebrated with teammate Tamme after Tamme's 1-yard touchdown reception.
Tamme pointed to the sky in celebration.
The Broncos were able to shut down the Patriots' running game Sunday afternoon.
Former Patriot receiver Wes Welker hit the turf after he hauled in a pass.
Knowshon Moreno leaped over Duron Harmon, breaking loose for a long gain.
Shane Vereen was tripped up by Mike Adams on a second-quarter run.
Aqib Talib grimaced in pain after he was injured in the first half. Talib had been hit by Welker.
Tom Brady threw a pass in the third quarter.
Terrance Knighton sacked Brady for a 10-yard loss.
The ball went over to the Broncos on downs after Knighton's play.
The Broncos celebrated Knighton sacking Brady.
LeGarrette Blount was brought down by Danny Trevathan.
Demaryius Thomas beat Alfonzo Dennard for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Thomas celebrated in the end zone.
Manning pointed out his protection in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots struggled throughout the game.
Jamie Collins tackled Julius Thomas after a 37-yard reception.
The Broncos went on to take a 26-16 win over the Patriots.
The loss meant an end to the Patriots' season, which was marked by dynamic victories and devastating injuries.
Wesley Woodyard (left) and teammate Duke Ihenacho were jubilant over the Broncos' win.
Brady and Manning shook hands and exchanged words after the game.
Bill Belichick's defense hardly laid a finger on Manning — not only zero sacks, but also zero quarterback hits on 43 pass attempts.
Manning donned his AFC Championship gear. The Broncos advance to the Super Bowl.
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