Late rally

Man­ning drives Bron­cos past gritty Steel­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pey­ton Man­ning res­cued the but­ter-fin­gered Bron­cos with a late touch­down drive and Den­ver ad­vanced to the AFC cham­pi­onship game with a 23-16 win over Ben Roeth­lis­berger and the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers on Sun­day.

The Bron­cos (13-4) will host Tom Brady and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots (13-4) next week­end. Man­ning vs. Brady XVII. With Den­ver down 13-12 with less than 10 min­utes left, cor­ner­back Bradley Roby punched the ball from Fitzger­ald Tous­saint’s arms and team­mate DeMar­cus Ware re­cov­ered at the Den­ver 35-yard line.

Then, Man­ning went to work, driv­ing Den­ver to its only touch­down.

C.J. An­der­son ran it in from the one, and De­mary­ius Thomas — who was play­ing in front of his mother for the first time in his life — caught the two-point con­ver­sion for a 20-13 lead with three min­utes re­main­ing.

Ware’s sack ended Pitts­burgh’s next drive and Bran­don McManus kicked his fifth field goal, ty­ing the NFL play­off record.

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