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