With the recent retirement of Tom Brady, the Denver Broncos can no longer take down the veteran quarterback in the playoffs. On Wednesday, Brady announced his retirement from the NFL after 23 seasons.
He had a great career, highlighted by seven Super Bowl championships and over 100,000 passing yards to his name. Among his great accomplishments are also some heartbreaking losses. Two of those playoff losses came at the hands of the Denver Broncos, who took down Brady two times in the AFC Championship game.
The 2013 and 2015 AFC title games were the peaks of Broncos football. The team was able to win one Super Bowl out of those two appearances during the Peyton Manning era, but something that also needs attention is taking down Tom Brady in the postseason.
The 2013 game was a clean game played by the Denver Broncos en route to Super Bowl 48. The team rushed for over 100 yards and Peyton Manning threw for 400 and two touchdowns.
The team had only four penalties, went 7/13 on third down, and won the time-of-possession battle by 11 minutes. They also did now allow a sack against Manning but sacked Brady twice.
They outgained the Patriots on the ground as well.
2015 was quite exciting as well, as the Broncos sacked Brady a handful of times, Von Miller notched an interception, and the noodle-armed Manning was essentially carried threw the game by the best defense in NFL history.
The No Fly Zone and fierce pass rush were enough to secure the win in Denver by two points. Bradley Roby picked off the potential game-tying two-point conversion, which sealed the game for Denver.
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If it wasn’t for those two games, the Patriots and Tom Brady could have two more rings to their credit, but thanks to the Broncos, they weren’t able to do that.