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Broncos, Seahawks Advance in NFL Playoffs

In the National Football League playoffs, the Denver Broncos have ended the hopes of the New England Patriots for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl championship.

The Patriots committed five turnovers in falling 27-13 to the host Broncos in the American Conference (AFC) contest late Saturday. Denver's first playoff victory in eight years also snaps New England's record-setting 10-game post-season winning streak.

Denver next plays for the AFC championship against the winner of Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Earlier Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks advanced to the National Conference (NFC) finals with a 20-10 win over the visiting Washington Redskins, who ended a six-game winning streak.

The Seahawks won their first playoff game since 1984 despite losing N.F.L. most valuable player Shaun Alexander early in the game due to a concussion.

Seattle is headed to next week's NFC championship game where the Seahawks will face the winner of today's (Sunday's) match-up between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.