Manning, Broncos scramble to Super Bowl in 20-18 win
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning is off and running. … All the way to the Super Bowl.
He has his defense to thank.
Cornerback Bradley Roby saved the game by picking off Tom Brady’s pass on a 2-point try with 12 seconds left to preserve a 20-18 victory for the Broncos over the Patriots Sunday in the AFC title game. Linebacker Von Miller was beast- logging 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 1 interception.
New England had to go for 2 after Brady’s 4-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski because Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point in the first quarter, snapping a string of 523 straight makes.
Manning threw two touchdowns- both to former Badger tight end Owen Daniels- but the 39-year-old QB’s best play may have very well been his 12-yard scramble on third down in the third quarter — his longest playoff run since he was a rookie.