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Patriots battle Broncos for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVIII

Denver's Peyton Manning got the better of New England's Tom Brady as the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl

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A young boy walks underneath an over-sized American flag before an NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots in Denver, Md., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles a snap before throwing a pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter in the NFL's AFC Championship game in Denver, January 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18)passes the ball during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs the ball after a catch during the first quarter against New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the 2013 AFC championship playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is stopped New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs the ball against the New England Patriots in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme celebrates his one-yard touchdown catch during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95), outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (71) celebrate a defensive play against the Denver Broncos in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls a play as he waits for a snap against the New England Patriots during the first quarter in the NFL's AFC Championship game in Denver, January 19, 2014.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) tries to leap over the tackle of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs the ball against the defence of Denver Broncos middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball against New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) rushes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs the ball against the Denver Broncos in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos Knowshon Moreno (L) runs behing teammate Demaryuis Thomas (C) for a long gain against the New England Patriots in the second quarter in the NFL's AFC Championship game in Denver, January 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos Knowshon Moreno (R) celebrates next to New England Patriots Alfonzo Dennard after a long gain in the second quarter in the NFL's AFC Championship game in Denver, January 19, 2014.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) pulls in a pass during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers (91) celebrates after a defensive play against the New England Patriots in the first half of the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field during the following the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots in the second half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) runs off the field with the ball after scoring on a three-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is brought down on fourth and two by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (94) in the second half of the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stands on the field during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman watches the closing minutes of the game from the bench during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl.

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