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Broncos bust in: Peyton Manning leads his team to AFC Championship Game vs. Patriots

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DENVER — A game that appeared to be clinched by the Broncos midway through the fourth quarter, turned out to be a nailbiter, yet unlike exactly 365 days ago in a loss to the Ravens, the Broncos chose the aggressive route over the conservative option.

A pair of third-down pass completions from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Julius Thomas Sunday propelled Denver to a 24-17 victory over the Chargers and a place in next Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“I loved Adam’s aggressive calls,” said Manning of Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who became the play caller when the man across the field, Mike McCoy, left last offseason to become the Chargers’ head coach.

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