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The Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is brought down after a reception for a first down in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker spins the ball after a reception for a first down in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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New England quarterback Tom Brady throws in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos head coach John Fox, left, checks out cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after he was injured in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders Champ Bailey and Danny Trevathan stop New England wide receiver Julian Edelman on a run in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman on a run in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker hauls in a reception in front of New England's Kyle Arrington in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno vaults New England defensive back Duron Harmon on a 23 yard run in the second quarter of the Broncos AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning readies to unleash a touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Tamme in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme gathers in a touchdown reception in front of New England's Dane Fletcher in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady throws the ball away incomplete as he's brought down by Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Britton Colquitt, left, and kicker Matt Prater celebrate Prater's 54 yard field goal in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders stop[ New England running back Shane Vereen short of the goal line in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning has a smile for the Broncos bench before kneeling down for the final time at the conclusion of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning and New England coach Bill Bellichick talk together following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady gets up off the turf after being sacked in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas makes a reception in front of New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas gets past New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on a reception in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Montee Ball fights to get past New England defensive back Devin McCourty in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders stop New England running back Shane Vereen short of the goal line in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning yells audibles in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady is brought down by Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate with the trophy following their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers celebrates with fans following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate with fans following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas celebrates his touchdown reception in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers pressures Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning smiles as he heads to the locker room following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning and John Elway together on the stage for the trophy presentation following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Peyton Manning holds the trophy after the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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John Elway hoists the trophy after the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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John Fox hoists the trophy following the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning flashes a thumbs up after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, celebrates with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Denver tightend Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver tightend Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal to give the Denver a 3-0 lead in the during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal to give the Denver a 3-0 lead in the during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver wide receiver Wes Welker catches a 14-yard pass for a first down under the coverage of New England cornerback Logan Ryan during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver wide receiver Wes Welker catches a 14-yard pass for a first down under the coverage of New England cornerback Logan Ryan during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a 19-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-3 lead during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a 19-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-3 lead during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno runs 28 yards to the New England 11-yard line during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno runs 28 yards to the New England 11-yard line during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos tightend Julius Thomas hauls in a 37-yard pass over the defense of Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins for a first down at the New England 38-yard line during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos tightend Julius Thomas hauls in a 37-yard pass over the defense of Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins for a first down at the New England 38-yard line during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning changes things at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning changes things at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A Broncos cheerleaders rallies the crowd during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A Broncos cheerleaders rallies the crowd during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho wears a AFC Champions cap after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho wears a AFC Champions cap after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans begin to celebrate during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans begin to celebrate during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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New England wide receiver Julian Edelman scores to bring the Patriots to within 13 points 10-23 during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

New England wide receiver Julian Edelman scores to bring the Patriots to within 13 points 10-23 during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Running back C.J. Anderson, center, and other Broncos players Celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Running back C.J. Anderson, center, and other Broncos players Celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos players celebrates with the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrates with the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos coach John Fox holds up the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after Denver defeat the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos coach John Fox holds up the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after Denver defeat the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Former Broncos quarterback  and executive vice president for football operations John Elway holds the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Former Broncos quarterback and executive vice president for football operations John Elway holds the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is interviewed with the  AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is interviewed with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans celebrate with tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans celebrate with players after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with players after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning puts on a AFC Champion hat after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning puts on a AFC Champion hat after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans celebrate with Broncos tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with Broncos tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Offensive tackle Winston Justice celebrates with assistant coach Jack Del Rio after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Offensive tackle Winston Justice celebrates with assistant coach Jack Del Rio after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Autumn Veneziano, rights, cheers with Juleen Venziano during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The former Colorado Springs resident traveled from  Chicago to see the Broncos. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Autumn Veneziano, rights, cheers with Juleen Venziano during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The former Colorado Springs resident traveled from Chicago to see the Broncos. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Police watch from the north tunnel as the game ball is parachuted into the stadium before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police watch from the north tunnel as the game ball is parachuted into the stadium before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Police officers line the field as the National Anthem is played before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police officers line the field as the National Anthem is played before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Patriots quarterback changes a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback changes a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A sea of orange fills the stands during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A sea of orange fills the stands during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Tony Carter breaks up a pass intended for New England wide receiver Matthew Slater in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is brought down after a reception for a first down in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker spins the ball after a reception for a first down in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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New England quarterback Tom Brady throws in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos head coach John Fox, left, checks out cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after he was injured in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders Champ Bailey and Danny Trevathan stop New England wide receiver Julian Edelman on a run in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman on a run in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker hauls in a reception in front of New England's Kyle Arrington in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno vaults New England defensive back Duron Harmon on a 23 yard run in the second quarter of the Broncos AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning readies to unleash a touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Tamme in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme gathers in a touchdown reception in front of New England's Dane Fletcher in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Broncos' AFC Championship game against the Patriots Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady throws the ball away incomplete as he's brought down by Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Britton Colquitt, left, and kicker Matt Prater celebrate Prater's 54 yard field goal in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders stop[ New England running back Shane Vereen short of the goal line in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning has a smile for the Broncos bench before kneeling down for the final time at the conclusion of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning and New England coach Bill Bellichick talk together following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady gets up off the turf after being sacked in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas makes a reception in front of New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas gets past New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on a reception in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Montee Ball fights to get past New England defensive back Devin McCourty in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defenders stop New England running back Shane Vereen short of the goal line in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning yells audibles in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Tom Brady is brought down by Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate with the trophy following their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers celebrates with fans following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate with fans following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas celebrates his touchdown reception in the third quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers pressures Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots Sunday, January 9, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning smiles as he heads to the locker room following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning and John Elway together on the stage for the trophy presentation following Denver's 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Broncos hosted the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Peyton Manning holds the trophy after the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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John Elway hoists the trophy after the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos players celebrate their 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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John Fox hoists the trophy following the Broncos 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning flashes a thumbs up after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, celebrates with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver tightend Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver tightend Jacob Tamme celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defenders Robert Ayers, left, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips celebrate after sacking New England quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal to give the Denver a 3-0 lead in the during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a field goal to give the Denver a 3-0 lead in the during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver wide receiver Wes Welker catches a 14-yard pass for a first down under the coverage of New England cornerback Logan Ryan during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver wide receiver Wes Welker catches a 14-yard pass for a first down under the coverage of New England cornerback Logan Ryan during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning bobbles the snap but recovers it and throws to wide receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a 19-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-3 lead during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicks a 19-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-3 lead during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno runs 28 yards to the New England 11-yard line during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno runs 28 yards to the New England 11-yard line during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Denver defensive linebacker Danny Trevathan stops New England wide receiver Julian Edelman after a 1-yard gain during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos tightend Julius Thomas hauls in a 37-yard pass over the defense of Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins for a first down at the New England 38-yard line during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos tightend Julius Thomas hauls in a 37-yard pass over the defense of Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins for a first down at the New England 38-yard line during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning changes things at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning changes things at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A Broncos cheerleaders rallies the crowd during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A Broncos cheerleaders rallies the crowd during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho wears a AFC Champions cap after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho wears a AFC Champions cap after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans begin to celebrate during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans begin to celebrate during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

New England wide receiver Julian Edelman scores to bring the Patriots to within 13 points 10-23 during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

New England wide receiver Julian Edelman scores to bring the Patriots to within 13 points 10-23 during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Running back C.J. Anderson, center, and other Broncos players Celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Running back C.J. Anderson, center, and other Broncos players Celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrates with the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrates with the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos coach John Fox holds up the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after Denver defeat the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos coach John Fox holds up the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy after Denver defeat the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Former Broncos quarterback  and executive vice president for football operations John Elway holds the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Former Broncos quarterback and executive vice president for football operations John Elway holds the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is interviewed with the  AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is interviewed with the AFC Championship trophy after defeating the Patriots 26-16 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with players after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with players after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning puts on a AFC Champion hat after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning puts on a AFC Champion hat after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broncos players celebrate after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with Broncos tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fans celebrate with Broncos tackle Chris Clark after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Offensive tackle Winston Justice celebrates with assistant coach Jack Del Rio after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Offensive tackle Winston Justice celebrates with assistant coach Jack Del Rio after the Broncos defeating the Patriots 26-16 to win the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during the second quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Autumn Veneziano, rights, cheers with Juleen Venziano during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The former Colorado Springs resident traveled from  Chicago to see the Broncos. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Autumn Veneziano, rights, cheers with Juleen Venziano during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The former Colorado Springs resident traveled from Chicago to see the Broncos. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police watch from the north tunnel as the game ball is parachuted into the stadium before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police watch from the north tunnel as the game ball is parachuted into the stadium before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police officers line the field as the National Anthem is played before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Police officers line the field as the National Anthem is played before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback changes a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriots quarterback changes a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A sea of orange fills the stands during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A sea of orange fills the stands during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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