Published January 19, 2014
Atlanta, GA – Denver, CO SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Manning completed 32-of-43 passes for the Broncos, who will appear in their seventh Super Bowl. Manning is 5-4 in his last nine matchups, including the postseason, against Tom Brady after dropping the first six meetings between the two future Hall- of-Fame quarterbacks. The two superstars have now each won a pair of home playoff games against one another. Demaryius Thomas had seven receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. Brady, who was looking to make his NFL record sixth Super Bowl appearance, was 24-of-38 for 277 yards and a touchdown for New England, which played in its third straight AFC Championship Game.
Final Score: Seattle 23, San Francisco 17
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and the Seattle Seahawks scored 13 unanswered points Sunday to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship Game. Richard Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick's pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the back-right corner of the end zone and linebacker Malcolm Smith picked it off to halt a 49ers drive in the final minute, sealing Seattle's second Super Bowl trip. The Seahawks will face Manning and the Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Wilson passed for 215 yards, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 109 with a 40-yard touchdown run and top-seeded Seattle erased deficits of 10-0 and 17-10 for its seventh straight playoff win at home. Kaepernick piled up 130 yards rushing, including a 58-yard scramble in the first half that set up Anthony Dixon's 1-yard touchdown for a 10-0 lead. He passed for 153 yards with a 26-yard touchdown throw to Anquan Boldin and two interceptions and had 98 yards rushing in the first half. The 49ers were playing in their third straight NFC title game and were trying to make it back to the Super Bowl after losing to Baltimore last year.