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Peyton Manning, Broncos Scramble to Super Bowl in 20-18 Victory over Patriots

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.

Denver (14-4) will face Arizona or Carolina for the title on Feb. 7.

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 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.

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