A MILE HIGH
The Broncos advanced to their eighth Super Bowl, with help from a loud and proud crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.
At stake on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Mile High City was a trip to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. The task wasn’t easy. To advance to their eighth Super Bowl, the Broncos needed to defeat the defending NFL champion New England Patriots, a club much healthier than the first time these teams met this season (Denver won 30-24 in overtime Nov. 29). With the help of the second-largest home crowd in Broncos history — only 45 tickets went unused, for an announced crowd of 77,112 — the Broncos sent the Patriots home as the former champions with a 20-18 victory in the AFC title game. The eight Super Bowl appearances tie the Broncos for the most all time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and New England. The Broncos, who are 2-5 in the Super Bowl, will have two weeks to get ready for their biggest game. It will be another daunting task, facing an NFC champion Carolina Panthers team that has lost only once all season — led by quarterback Cam Newton, the overwhelming favorite to win the NFL’s most valuable player award. These photos were shot with the Hipstamatic app on an iPhone, using DC film and the Jane lens. See more from us on Instagram @denverpost and @denverpostsports.