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Patriots vs. Broncos: 8 Takeaways from Denver's 26-16 Victory over New England
Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

The Denver Broncos are advancing to their first Super Bowl in 15 years following their 26-16 victory over the New England Patriots in the conference championship game.

The Broncos never trailed in their victory over the Patriots. For all 60 minutes of the game, there was little doubt as to which team had control of the game.

The home team controlled the ball for nearly 36 minutes of the game, outran the Patriots on the ground, 102-64, while Peyton Manning won the passing duel versus Tom Brady by throwing for 400 yards in comparison to Brady's 277 yards.

In the fourth postseason game of the Manning-Brady rivalry, it was Peyton who shined brightest.

The four-time NFL MVP completed 32-of-43 passes for two touchdowns and zero turnovers. He led Denver's offense into the red zone on six occasions, with the Broncos coming out with scores on all six drives.

It is the second consecutive time a Manning-led team has defeated a Brady-led team in the conference championship game. The Broncos will play in their seventh Super Bowl, their first since John Elway won the last Lombardi Trophy for the franchise in 1999.

What are eight takeaways from Denver's 26-16 victory over the Patriots?

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