Jan 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Sports Authority Field
New England Patriots
16-26
Denver Broncos
FT
0
Q1
3
3
Q2
10
Tamme (7:50)
0
Q3
7
Thomas (7:52)
Edelman (9:26), Brady (3:07)
13
Q4
6

Result: Denver Broncos ease into Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998 with a 26-16 victory over the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game.

The Denver Broncos have reached their first Super Bowl since 1998 courtesy of a 26-16 victory over the New England Patriots.

The hosts took the lead late in the first quarter when Matt Prater slotted a field goal between the posts from 27 yards.

Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks a first quarter field goal against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014© Getty Images

That lead was extended midway through the second as Peyton Manning produced a play-action fake before finding Jacob Tamme at the front of the endzone for a one-yard score.

The Patriots finally registered on the board with three minutes left of the first half, Stephen Gostkowski kicking a 47-yard field goal after Tom Brady had been sacked by the Broncos defense.

Jacob Tamme #84 celebrates his second quarter touchdown with Eric Decker #87 as Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on during their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 201© Getty Images

The lead was restored to 10 before the half-time interval, however, as Prater successfully converted his second field goal of the match, this time from 35 yards.

Things got even better for the Broncos in the third quarter as Manning threw his second touchdown pass of the evening, firing the ball to Demaryius Thomas in the endzone for a three-yard score.

Prater edged the hosts into a 20-point lead with another kick early in the fourth, but the Patriots finally got their first touchdown of the match shortly afterwards to raise hopes of a comeback.

Michael Hoomanawanui #47 of the New England Patriots completes a first down reception as Mike Adams #20 of the Denver Broncos defends during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014© Getty Images

Brady led his side on a long drive downfield before ending it with a seven-yard pass to pick out Julian Edelman at the front of the endzone.

Prater kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Broncos, however, kicking his fourth field goal of the match to extend his side's lead to 16 points midway through the final quarter.

The Patriots made things interesting late on when Brady faked a pass and broke a tackle on his way to the endzone for a five-yard score of his own.

However, Shane Vereen's rushing effort for a two-point conversion was denied by the Broncos, keeping them two scores ahead of their opponents.

Jacob Tamme #84 celebrates his second quarter touchdown with Eric Decker #87 as Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on during their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 201
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