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Bucs can set tone for season with win vs. Pats

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots into Raymond James Stadium tonight for the national anthem and a little football. Odds makers have installed the Patriots as 5-point favorites, but this year’s model has a few chinks in the armor, especially the league’s lowest-ranked defense.

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Merch parties stoke fun even before Super Bowl 50 begins

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The Super Bowl is a magnet for athletes, celebrities and companies looking to woo them with their products. The easiest way to connect with potential customers? Throw a party. At the Style Lounge being hosted by New Era, visitors can have some fun at the bar, grab a comfy seat or customize their own Bose headphones. Levi’s has a room where guests can receive a jacket, shirt and jeans all personalized. Another room allows athletes to be sized by scanner in just…

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Peyton Manning, Broncos heading to Super Bowl

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Peyton Manning has at least one more game in him. With many expecting the future Hall of Fame quarterback to retire, he led the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl with a 20-18 thriller over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Manning threw two first-half touchdown passes to Owen Daniels, sandwiched around a 1-yard plunge by New England’s Steven Jackson to lead 14-6. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who had made 523 consecutive extra points, missed…

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QBs aside, keep an eye on Rob Gronkowski, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald and Jonathan Stewart

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Championship Sunday is more than just the quarterbacks. Sure, Brady-Manning 17 dominated headlines for the AFC title game and Cam-Carson is a battle of former No. 1 overall picks in the NFC. But several other offensive stars are playing in both games. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Ronnie Hillman, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, David Johnson, Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen are among the skill players who had productive seasons. Some of the league’s best blockers will be…

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Patriots have more weapons than earlier meeting with Denver

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On November 29, the New England Patriots came into Denver to face the Broncos sporting a 10-0 record. The Broncos were 8-2 and looking to post a signature win on an uncertain season. Denver knocked the Patriots from the ranks of the unbeaten, 30-24 in overtime on that day. In today’s AFC Championship Game, they will try the same formula. Quarterback Brock Osweiler, in his second career start, was up against the legendary Tom Brady. He had taken over the…

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Dolphins were looking ahead before Sunday’s win over Patriots

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Even before the Miami Dolphins took the field on Sunday against the New England Patriots, they were already thinking about next year. With the Patriots’ listless performance against Miami on Sunday, they might be accused of thinking about the next two weeks. But that was not the case. New England’s uninspired play, coupled with a strange game plan, led to a 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Like often throughout their run of greatness, the Patriots…

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Injuries make for tougher calls at tight end

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If you’ve got Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, congratulations. You should have a pretty good edge in your fantasy lineups this week. Everyone else, well, be prepared: It could be ugly at the position. Top-scoring tight end Rob Gronkowski looks likely to miss this week’s game against Philadelphia with a bruised knee, while No. 2 scorer Tyler Eifert – with an NFL-best 12 touchdown catches – is dicey because of a neck issue. And while he hasn’t had his typical…

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