Manning, Broncos scramble to Super Bowl in 20-18 win over Patriots

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DENVER (AP) -- No, you're not seeing things.

That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defense, that will be Manning - the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party - and not Tom Brady playing in the Super Bowl two weeks from now.

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Ol' No. 18 engineered a 20-18 victory over the Patriots - not settled until Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby picked off Brady's pass on a 2-point attempt that would have tied it with 12 seconds left.

The Patriots had to go for 2 after Brady hit Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone because Stephen Gostkowski missed his first extra point in 524 tries in the first quarter.

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos runs and gains 11 yards and a first down in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots throws a pass in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots gets sacked by outside linebacker Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Julian Edelman (11) of the New England Patriots gets hit by Shiloh Keo (33) of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots gets disrupted by linebacker Shane Ray (56) of the Denver Broncos in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots is sacked by outside linebacker Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Darryl Roberts (28) of the New England Patriots lets the ball go through his hands for an incompletion in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos throws down field in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) of the New England Patriots gains 12 yards and a first down in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Logan Ryan (26) of the New England Patriots bats a pass away from Demaryius Thomas (88) of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos takes the field in the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) of the New England Patriots gains 9 yards in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos yells during the fourth quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Jordan Norwood (11) of the Denver Broncos reaches for an overthrown ball in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after being defeated by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and father Archie Manning walk off the field after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: The Denver Broncos cheerleaders celebrate after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operation for the Denver Broncos John Elway holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy with former Bronco Terrell Davis after defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Aqib Talib stepped in front of Brady's pass and deflected it skyward.

Roby, who forced the game-changing fumble in last week's victory over Pittsburgh, made the pick. The Broncos recovered the onside kick and the celebration began. Manning is now 6-11 in his vaunted series against Brady, but 3-1 when it has counted the most - with the AFC title on the line.

Manning surpassed his boss, John Elway, as the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Super Bowl. The Broncos will play Arizona or Carolina, who met later in the NFC title game.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 30: Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was the man of the hour as he left the field following New England's victory over the Colts. The New England Patriots played the Indianapolis Colts at Foxboro Stadium, Sept. 30, 2001. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, UNITED STATES: Quarterback Peyton Manning for the Indianapolis Colts takes the ball in the first half of action against the New England Patriots at Foxboro Stadium 30 September, 2001 in Foxboro, Massachusetts as Ryan Diem defends. AFP PHOTO John MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning after the Patriots 24-14 win during their AFC Championship game in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday Jan. 18, 2004. The Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning during Grand opening of the new Zegna Boutique at Ermenegildo Zegna Flagship store in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Peyton Manning (L) and Tom Brady (R) meet at midfield at the beginning of the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots NFL game on November 7, 2005 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. (Photo by Bob Gevinski/Getty Images)
New England Patriots' Tom Brady, right, shakes hands with Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning after a game between New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, Sunday, November 5, 2006. Colts won 27-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 4: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts meets with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at the RCA Dome November 4, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Patriots defeated the Colts 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, gives Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, a pat on the back after the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. The Patriots defeated the Colts 31-28. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FOXBOROUGH - DECEMBER 4: Patriots QB Tom Brady (#12) greets usual starting QB Peyton Manning, right, who has been sitting out the season recovering from neck surgery. The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium, in week 13 of the NFL regular season, in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speak in the middle of the field after the Patriots beat the Broncos 31-21 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Broncos in the AFC championship game on Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 7: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (#18) shakes hands with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following New England's 31-21 victory. The New England Patriots hosted the Denver Broncos in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, walks from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 1: As the final 15 seconds tick off the clock, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and Tom Brady, right, meet quickly, shook hands even quicker and then they separated. The New England Patriots hosted the Denver Broncos in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Denver Broncos injured quarterback Peyton Manning prior to an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
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