Manning leads Broncos to Mile High humiliation of Patriots

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shake...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shake hands after the 2013 AFC championship playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Jan 19, 2014 in Denver, CO, USA. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

DENVER -- With fireworks going off overhead, Peyton Manning took a deep breath and broke into a huge smile.

His critics may have called Manning a choker in the past, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were the ones gasping for air Sunday afternoon.

Just call it the Mile High Humiliation, with Manning and the Denver Broncos stealing the show.

Thanks to Manning's pinpoint passing and a swarming defence that smothered Brady and Co. all afternoon, the Broncos are headed to the sixth Super Bowl in team history after demolishing the Pats 26-16 in front of a rabid orange-clad throng at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

"It's an amazing feeling," Manning said. "This team has been through a lot.

"What a great day for football. Great weather, great fans, great (opposing) team, great (opposing) quarterback -- and a great win!"

The score flattered the Patriots, who never really were in this one.


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