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Broncos barely survive late rally to win AFC Championship

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes in the third quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016, in Denver, Colorado.

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Last Updated Jan 24, 2016 6:45 PM EST

DENVER - Peyton Manning will get another chance to win a second Super Bowl after barely surviving a late rally by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Denver Broncos beat the Patriots 20-18 in a thriller that nearly went the other way at the last second.

With less than 90 seconds on the clock, Brady connected with All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski on a deep downfield throw that later set up a touchdown between the two. However, it was all for nothing, as Brady's attempt at a two-point conversion was bobbled and eventually intercepted with about 12 seconds left on the clock.

New England had to go for 2 after Brady's 4-yard touchdown to Gronkowski because Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point in the first quarter, snapping a string of 523 straight makes.

Denver (14-4) will face either the Arizona Cardinals or the Carolina Panthers for the title on Feb. 7.

Manning threw two touchdowns but the 39-year-old QB's best play may have very well been his 12-yard scramble on third down in the third quarter - his longest playoff run since he was a rookie.