Sports Illustrated cover

It doesn't matter how many times New England falls to Denver, Patriots fans will never give the Denver Broncos any respect
two-point conversion

It's not often that a trip to the Super Bowl comes down to one play, but by stopping the Patriots on their final two-point conversion, that's exactly the case for the Broncos
Tom Brady's face

In the end, the hotly debated topic of who should quarterback the Broncos was rendered moot by Denver’s defense.

Yes, it was jaw-dropping, but Peyton Manning's rushing first down wasn't the only strange thing to come out of the Broncos-Patriots AFC title game.
With so much to talk about, what do the advanced analytics tell us about the Denver Broncos AFC Championship victory?

The Denver Broncos advanced to Super Bowl 50 with another thrilling, late win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.

The Broncos survive to play another day, although another poor second-half performance by the offense and conservative play calling almost cost them.
Mark Schlereth

The Denver Broncos love to call out their doubters, and T.J. Ward made sure Mark Schlereth got his comeuppance

David Bowie fans in Denver were likely humming a happy tune as the Broncos pass rush kept Tom Brady "under pressure" all afternoon Sunday.
1. Von Miller Peyton Manning may be the most famous person on the Denver Broncos, but Von Miller is definitely the most popular, and it's well deserved. Coming off what may have been the best performance of his career, Miller has been thrust into the national spotlight, and he loves it. He's funny, he's smart and he's all about the Denver Broncos.  Part of what goes into deciding the Super Bowl MVP is simply how well everybody knows your name. And with the Denver Broncos defense being a main topic of discussion, everybody knows Von Miller's name.  The only reason he's not higher on this list is because Miller's impact can go unnoticed at times. Offenses key on Von more than just about any other pass rusher in the league, and that means he's not always going to put up the stats he put up in the AFC Championship game. Instead, he paves the way for guys like Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe to clean up on the inside.  Plus, if Wade Phillips really wants to stop Cam Newton from scrambling, he's going to have to get Miller and Ware to maintain containment, as opposed to crashing around the edge.  Nonetheless, even if the stats don't reflect, Von Miller is probably the most important person to a Broncos victory. 

Von Miller is not afraid of a little trash talk, and he made sure Rob Gronkowski got his fair share after the game
Denver Broncos legends

They may not have been on the field, but these Denver Broncos legends were as happy as anyone to see their team secure their eighth trip to the Super Bowl