Broncos, Seahawks to play in Super Bowl

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Raising $24,800 for charity while playing the game he loves — rewarding.

Winning the AFC Championship on Sunday and getting the chance to play in his third Super Bowl — priceless.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning shredded New England’s defense as he threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Broncos to a 26-16 win over the Patriots at Mile High Stadium.

With this win, the Broncos earned a berth to play the Seattle Seahawks — who beat San Francisco 23-17 in the NFC title game — in Super Bowl XLVIII in New York at MetLife Stadium.

After a good defensive battle throughout the first quarter, Manning started opening things up on the field when Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib went down with a knee injury.

With plenty of offensive weapons to throw to, Manning was in his element. He connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 3-yard strike midway through the third quarter to give the Broncos a 20-3 lead, and passed to at least three other players during the game.

Manning’s first touchdown of the day came in the first quarter on a no-huddle and 1-yard pass to Jacob Tamme.

Kicker Matt Prater also had a good game by kicking three field goals. His long for the day was from 54 yards.

Eight businesses combined to contribute the money raised every time Manning said “Omaha” as part of his cadence during the game. Each call was reported to be worth $800.

In a cold Seattle, the Seahawks held off a late surge from the 49ers in the NFC Championship.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a pass to Michael Crabtree, but it was deflected by Seattle corner Richard Sherman, who knocked the ball into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith to ice the game.

The Seahawks, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, outscored San Francisco 20-7 in the second half.

Wilson was able to stay alive long enough in the pocket to find receivers down field a few times during the game. His only TD pass came with 13:44 left in the fourth quarter on a 35-yarder to Jermaine Kearse.

Like in the AFC Championship, field goals helped the winning team.

Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals — two in the second half — from 32, 40 and 47 yards.

Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch ran a 40-yard TD run in to start the second-half scoring for the Seahawks.

San Francisco got on the board early on a 25-yard field goal fro Phil Dawson, and took a 10-0 lead on an Anthony Dixon 1-yard TD rush in the second quarter.

The last time the Broncos and Seahawks met was during the preseason.

Kick off for Super Bowl XLVIII is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 2.