Manning got the better of Patriots quarterback Brady in their long-standing rivalry.
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Denver will meet Carolina in this year's Super Bowl after veteran quarterback Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a narrow win against New England Sunday while the Panthers dominated Arizona.The 39-year-old Manning got the better of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in their long-standing rivalry, but it was the Broncos defense which took most credit for the 20-18 victory to clinch the AFC championship. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others in a 49-15 romp over the Cardinals for the NFC championship.Denver's victory was not settled until Broncos corner-back Bradley Roby picked off Brady's pass on a 2-point attempt that would have tied the game with 12 seconds left.Manning will surpass now Broncos executive John Elway as the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Super Bowl.The Broncos harassed Brady all day.The 17-for-32 passing performance proved enough for the Broncos, but was not up to the standard exhibited by Newton for Carolina.
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