Super Bowl 2014, NFL Playoff bracket: Broncos will represent AFC

Kevin C. Cox

Manning got the best of Brady in the AFC Championship to get back to his first Super Bowl since 2009.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

The most-recent chapter in the seemingly endless story of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning has been written. Denver was victorious, making the Broncos the AFC representatives in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos got off to a fast start and never looked back as they rolled in Denver. Not only was Manning nearly flawless in the game, but the Broncos managed to frustrate Brady throughout, causing several hurried overthrows. Denver consistently took away the run and forced Brady to beat them. He never did, and the Broncos won, 26-10.

Head coach John Fox is celebrating the 10th anniversary of taking the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl with the second appearance of his head coaching career. Manning has defined how the Broncos are perceived publicly, but this team could have the best supporting cast the future hall of fame quarterback has ever had.

Denver's ability to match one of the NFC teams defensively will be the key point in the Super Bowl this year, but now it's about waiting to see who they'll face. The Seahawks and 49ers play in the NFC Championship Game at 6 p.m. ET.

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