01/19/2014 02:58 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Patriots vs. Broncos LIVE SCORE UPDATES: Manning, Brady Face Off In AFC Championship Game

For the 15th time in their already legendary careers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will face off. For just the third time in their rivalry, a Super Bowl berth is on the line. In a pairing of the top two seeds in the AFC, Brady brings the No. 2 New England Patriots (12-4) to Mile High to face Manning’s No. 1 Denver Broncos (13-3)

AFC Championship Game
Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET

These teams delivered one of the most remarkable games of the 2013 regular season when Brady rallied the Patriots past the Broncos 34-31 in overtime. The game was a tale of two halves: Manning staked the Broncos to an early 24-0 lead, but Brady delivered a rousing comeback in the second half.

Despite the outcome of that game and Brady’s 10-4 record in the previous meetings between the two Canton-bound quarterbacks, the Patriots were underdogs heading into the AFC title tilt. Brady relished the role.

"I know when we played Baltimore nobody picked us to win," Brady said during an appearance on WEEI radio, via The Associated Press. "I'm sure no one's going to pick us to win this week. We've had our backs against the wall for a while. Really, the whole season we've lost players, and teams have really counted us out."

Will Brady’s so-called “underdog” Patriots pull off the upset? Will Peyton take a second franchise to the Super Bowl? How will either result impact the legacies of both players?

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Peyton's Stats

Peyton went 32/43 for 400 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Tom Brady went 24/38 for 277 yards and 1 TD. Broncos flat out dominated in time of possession, 35:44-24:16.

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Victory Formation

Peyton took a knee and that's it. The Denver Broncos have punched their tickets to the Super Bowl with a 26-16 win over the Patriots.

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4th Down

On 3rd and 2 after the two-minute warning, the Ball ran up the middle for a yard and was stopped short of the first down. Ball picked up the first down on 4th down and that will do it. Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl.

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PHOTO: Champ Bailey Likes What He Sees

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Ball ran up the middle for a few more yards and the Patriots called their final timeout. 2:41 left. The Denver crowd is getting louder.

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Huge Play

Peyton ran a play-action and found Jacob Tamme wide open to his right and the tight end picked up 23 yards. He stayed inbounds. Peyton now has 400 passing yards.