Behind the box scores of the Denver Broncos’ 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game and the Carolina Panthers’ 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game:
1: First Super Bowl in which both quarterbacks were drafted first overall (Denver’s Peyton Manning, 1998; Carolina’s Cam Newton, 2011).
2 1/2: Sacks for Broncos linebacker Von Miller on Sunday, the most in franchise playoff history.
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4: Players who have caught multiple touchdown passes from Peyton Manning in a postseason contest. Denver’s Owen Daniels became the fourth Sunday.
6: Victories for Peyton Manning against Tom Brady. Brady leads the matchup 12-6.
7: Cardinals turnovers, the most in a playoff game since 2001 (Green Bay had eight in a divisional-round game in St. Louis).
8: Super Bowl appearances for the Broncos. They are 2-5 in the NFL title game.
9: Career postseason touchdowns for the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, a record for tight ends. He scored late in Sunday’s loss.
13: Age gap between the Broncos’ Peyton Manning (39) and the Panthers’ Cam Newton (26), the largest in Super Bowl history for quarterbacks.
23: Hits by the Broncos on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday. He hadn’t been hit more than 12 times in a game this season.
44: Rushing yards by the Patriots in the loss. Denver’s C.J. Anderson rushed for 72.
49: Points scored by the Panthers, the second-most in a conference title game since the merger.
83: Rushing yards for the Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart, tops in both games Sunday.
144: Receiving yards by Gronkowski, which led all players Sunday.
335: Passing yards for the Panthers’ Cam Newton to lead all passers.
523: Consecutive extra points made by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski before Sunday, a streak that began in 2006.