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

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

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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