The Denver Broncos staved off a wild fourth quarter comeback try from the New England Patriots to win the 2016 AFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl 50.
Tom Brady and his Patriots came back in the final seconds of the game, but it was the early play of Peyton Manning and stout defense of the Broncos that helped them hold on and capture the victory.
Fourth Quarter Rundown
The Denver Broncos begin the final quarter with possession, and stretch their lead with a field goal, 20-12. With just over two minutes to play, the Patriots are now driving, trying to even this game with a score and 2-point conversion. With 2:30 left in the quarter and after a failed 4th and 6 conversion in the red zone, the Patriots try to use their defense, timeouts and the two minute warning to get the ball back and have a final try on offense.
It works. They’ll have 1:52 on the clock and 1 timeout to work with as Tom Brady comes back onto the field. Rob Gronkowski makes an unreal diving catch to keep the Patriots alive and get them into the red zone. With :17 seconds left in regulation, it comes down to another 4th and goal play and Rob Gronkowski AGAIN! He gets free in the end zone somehow and makes the catch! The Patriots now have to get the two point conversion to complete the comeback… on the try, the pass is tipped and intercepted and the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl! What a game! Wild finish, folks!
Third Quarter Rundown
The New England Patriots kick off the second half with a drive that stalls, but they still manage a field goal out of the possession that cuts the Broncos lead over the Patriots to 17-12. That’s about all that happened in this quarter as the defense shined for both sides.
Second Quarter Rundown
With just under 14 minutes to play, the Denver Broncos score again with the Payton Manning to Owen Daniels connection, this time a 12-yard touchdown pass. Denver leads New England 14-6. With just over 7 minutes left in the half, Gostowski boots a 46-yard field goal to help the Pats cut into the lead. Denver leads New England, 14-9. The Broncos tack on a field goal just before the end of the quarter to stretch their lead to 17-9 over the Patriots going into halftime.
First Quarter Rundown
With 7:32 left in the first quarter, Peyton Manning finds Owen Daniels for a 21-yard reception and the first touchdown of the game as the Broncos are the first team on the board today. With 1:49 left in the first quarter, the Patriots even things up. Following a Peyton Manning turnover, Steven Jackson runs it in from 1 yard out. However, Gostowski misses the extra point. Broncos lead the Patriots, 7-6.
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Posted by SOSTRE on Sunday, January 24, 2016