Manning outshines Brady as Broncos reach Super Bowl

Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:38pm EST
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(Reuters) - Peyton Manning outshined his future Hall of Fame rival Tom Brady, firing two touchdown passes, as the Denver Broncos rolled to a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday to secure their first trip to the Super Bowl in 15 years.

The Broncos and the National Football League's top-ranked offense will take on the Seattle Seahawks and the number one defense at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on February 2 in what should provide the first cold weather Super Bowl with a sizzling matchup.

"The heart feels great," said Denver coach John Fox, who missed a month of the regular season after undergoing heart surgery in November for an aortic heart valve replacement. "He (Manning) has been remarkable.

"To have the kind of season, not just today, but all season long that he had to me is pretty remarkable.

"And there is still one more game."

The AFC title game had been hyped as Manning verses Brady 15, a legacy showdown between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever grace the American gridiron.

But on a perfect day for football in the Mile High city Manning proved he could carry his record-smashing regular season form into the playoffs, tossing for 400 yards including touchdowns to Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas.

The victory allowed Manning to level his playoff record against Brady at 2-2 but the New England quarterback continues to hold a decisive 10-5 edge in their all-time head to head meetings.

THIRD SUPER BOWL   Continued...

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrate after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports