Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos lead the New England Patriots 13-3 at halftime of the AFC Championship Game

The Denver Broncos have taken the early lead in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots as they lead by the score of 13-3 at halftime. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been excellent thus far, completing 18-of-25 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Tamme caught Manning’s lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 15 play, 93 yard drive that lasted 7:01. Denver’s defense on the other hand has done a good job limiting the Patriots offense led by quarterback by Tom Brady who has completed 9-of-15 passes for 114 yards, holding them to just 119 total yards.  New England’s potent running attack has been stuffed by Denver so far for just 16 yards on 8 carries. Here is the play-by-play summary of the first half:

Patriots 1st Drive: 

-          Brady to Edelman for 5 yards.

-          Blount to the right for no gain.

-          Brady to Edelman incomplete deflected by Rodgers-Cromartie. 4th Down.

Broncos 1st Drive:

-         Manning to J. Thomas for 5 yards.

-         Moreno up the middle for 3 yards.

-         Manning bobbled snap, pass complete to Decker for 7 yards. First Down.

-         Manning pass complete to Decker for 21 yards. First Down.

-         Manning pass complete to Welker for 6 yards.

-         Moreno tackled for a loss by Hightower for a loss of 5.

-         Manning incomplete to Decker. Fourth Down.

Patriots 2nd Drive:

-          Brady pass complete to Mulligan for 6 yards.

-          Blount run up the middle for 1 yard.

-          Brady deep pass to Slater deflected by Tony Carter. Fourth Down.

Broncos 2nd Drive:

-          Manning pass complete to J. Thomas for 6 yards.

-          Manning screen pass to Moreno complete for 18 yards.

-          Manning pass to Ball broken up by Collins.

-          Ball rush up the middle for no gain.

-          Manning deep pass to D. Thomas complete for 30 yards for a first down.

-          Manning deep pass to Decker complete for a first down.

-          1st and Goal: Manning pass to J. Thomas incomplete.

-          2nd and Goal: Moreno rush up the middle for 1 yards.

-          3rd and Goal: Manning pass to Decker overthrown. 4th down.

-          27 yard field goal attempt by Matt Prater is up and good.

-          3-0 Denver

-          10-play, 73 yard drive, 4:07.

Patriots 3rd Drive:

-          Brady pass complete to Vereen for first down.

-          Pass deep pass incomplete to Edelman overthrown and wide open.

-          Ridley rush to the left side for 5 yards.

-          3rd and 5: Brady pass complete to Edelman for 18 yards.

-          Ridley rush up the middle for no gain.

-          Brady pass to Edelman is incomplete.

-          3rd and 10: Brady pass across the middle to Edelman is complete for 9 yards.

-          Pass interference on Hoomanawanui of the offense for a 10-yard penalty.

-          3rd and 20: Brady screen pass to Edelman for 4 yards. 4th down.

-          4th and 16: Punt downed at the 5-yard line.

Broncos 3rd Drive:

-          Moreno rush to the left tackle for 11 yards. First down.

-          Moreno rush up the middle for 1 yard.

-          Manning pass across the middle to D. Thomas dropped.

-          3rd and 9: Manning floater pass complete to Welker for 14 yards.

-          Manning pass complete to J. Thomas for 2 yards.

-          Green rush up the middle for 7 yards.

-          3rd and 1: Manning pass incomplete to Decker. Holding called on defense Ryan. Automatic first-down.

-          Moreno rush to the right side for 3 yards.

-          Manning pass complete to Ball for 12 yards for the first down.

-          Manning pass to Decker incomplete.

-          Manning pass across the middle for Welker incomplete.

-          3rd and 10: Moreno rush up the middle for a gain of 28 yards

-          Ball rush up the middle for 9 yards.

-          2nd and 1: Ball rush up the middle for no gain.

-          3rd and 1: Ball rush to the left side for 1 yard. First down.

-          1st and Goal: Manning pass complete to J. Tamme for the touchdown.

-          10-0 Denver

-          15 play, 93-yard drive, 7:01. Tied for their longest drive of the season.

Patriots 4th Drive:

-          Brady deep pass to Dobson complete for 20 yards.

-          Blount rush to the right side for 3 yards.

-          Brady screen pass to Vereen complete for 13 yards. First down.

-          Blount rush to the right side for 2 yards.

-          Brady pass complete to Hoomanawanui for the first down.

-          Blount rush up the middle for no gain.

-          Brady pass complete across the middle to Edelman for 2 yards.

-          3rd and 8: Timeout New England

-          3rd and 8: Brady sacked by Ayers for a loss of 11.

-          47 yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski is good.

-          10-3 Denver

-          9 play, 93-yard drive, 4:56.

Broncos 5th Drive:

-          Moreno rush up the middle for a loss of 1.

-          Manning pass across the middle to Decker complete for the first down. Clark called for holding on the offense setting up a 2nd and long.

-          Manning pass across the middle to D. Thomas for the first down on 2nd and 20.

-          Manning pass across the middle to D. Thomas for the first down.

-          Manning pass to the left sidelines for Caldwell for the first down.

-          Manning pass to the left sidelines for Ball for a gain of 3 yards.

-          Manning pass across the middle for Welker for a gain of 2.

-          3rd and 5: Timeout Denver

-          3rd and 5: Manning pass to Moreno for a gain of 4 yards.

-          4th and 1: Denver timeout.

-          35-yard field goal attempt by Matt Prater is up and good.

-          13-3 Denver

Patriots 6th Drive:

-          Brady pass across the middle incomplete.

-          Brady pass across the middle batted down by DRC. Offsides on Phillips. Repeat 2nd down.

-          Brady deep pass intended for Collie overthrown and incomplete.

-          3rd and 5: Vereen rush up the middle for 5 yards.

-          END OF 1st HALF.

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