Jan 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Sports Authority Field
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Denver Broncos
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Q1
3
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Q2
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Tamme (7:50)
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Q3
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Thomas (7:52)
Edelman (9:26), Brady (3:07)
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Q4
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Rob Ninkovich: 'Peyton Manning class makes defeat easier to take'

Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots runs off the field after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014
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New England Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich admits that losing to a side led by Peyton Manning makes yesterday's playoff defeat "easier to swallow".

New England Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich has claimed that the quality of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning makes last night's playoff defeat easier to take.

Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns to help the Broncos to a 26-16 victory in the AFC championship game, guiding his side into their first Super Bowl since 1998.

"Losing is never easy. But when you have somebody as talented as [Manning], who puts in as much work and effort, and has done it for so long, it's a little bit easier to swallow," Ninkovich told The AP.

Manning will look to end a record-breaking season with his second Super Bowl ring when the Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks on February 2.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos greet each other at midfield following a game on October 7, 2012
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