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The Patriots didn’t belong on the same field as the Broncos in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.
That’s the first conclusion that jumps to mind after watching the Broncos trounce the Patriots, 26-16, on the coaches’ tape, in a game that was much more one-sided than the final score would suggest.
Peyton Manning was masterful in the Broncos’ win, there’s no doubt about that. In a stretch from the late second quarter to the early fourth quarter, Manning hit 19 of 20 passes, including 12 straight.
But this wasn’t just about Manning getting the better of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Broncos were clearly the more talented team, across the board.