The Broncos advanced after defeating the New England Patriots 26-16. From a fan's perspective, the game was a little bit of a disappointment in terms of excitement. Games between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are usually as entertaining as you can get in the NFL, but this ended up being a game that Denver dominated from start-to-finish. Denver out-gained New England in yards, 507 to 320.
The Patriots never got their running game going, as LeGarrette Blount finished with 5 carries for 6 yards after tearing teams apart the past several games. Denver held a 13-3 lead at the half, and had a long, methodical touchdown drive to begin the third quarter that put them ahead 20-3. The Patriots didn't have an epic comeback in them this time around, as Brady missed several opportunities to hit open receivers down the field.
The Seahawks advanced with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams went back-and-forth in what turned out to be the most exciting game of the postseason this year. The 49ers were in control of the game early with some excellent runs by Colin Kaepernick, but by the second half, it was Marshawn Lynch with the game-changing run and Seattle's defense forcing a couple of turnovers on Kaepernick. In the final seconds of the game, the 49ers were in position for a game-winning touchdown still, but Richard Sherman tipped a pass in the end zone that led to an interception.
The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 2, 2014, televised on FOX, with the game starting at 6:25 PM EST. There will be plenty of storylines leading up to the game, such as Peyton Manning trying to win his second Super Bowl, and the No. 1 seeds in each conference facing each other for the first time under the current teams. We'll have a ton of Super Bowl coverage here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the next two weeks, so stay tuned.