Yesterday's AFC and NFC Championship games were ones to remember — especially for Broncos and Seahawks fans. In the early game, Peyton Manning led Denver to a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots to earn the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver's opponent will be Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, who needed some late-game defensive magic from Richard Sherman to secure a 23-17 win over Colin Kaepernick's 49ers and a place in the NFL title game.
Before we move to wall-to-wall Super Bowl coverage, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from the two conference championship games through some of the great photos that came out of yesterday's action.
Denver/New England: EPA/TANNEN MAURY /LANDOV (celebration, Manning bobble, Vasquez, Manning knee), Jamie Squire/Getty Images (Brady sack), UPI/Gary C. Caskey /LANDOV (Brady yell), EPA/BOB PEARSON /LANDOV (Manning/Belichick), Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images (Brady/Manning), AP Photo/Charlie Riedel (Manning confetti), Hector Acevedo/ZUMAPRESS.com (Burton), Jamie Squire/Getty Images (Colquitt)
Seattle/San Francisco: Christian Petersen/Getty Images (Baldwin, Willis), Ronald Martinez/Getty Images (Boldin TD), Ronald Martinez/Getty Images (Dixon), Tom Pennington/Getty Images (Kaepernick, Lynch, Harbaugh), Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images (Sherman endzone tip), Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Crabtree/Sherman), Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kaepernick/Wilson), Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Sherman/fans)