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.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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.

Pho­tos by Meghan Ly­den and Seth McCon­nell, The Den­ver Post

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