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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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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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Broncos a rare home underdog; Cardinals could pull upset in Carolina

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Odds makers have installed the New England Patriots as a 3-point favorite on the road against the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers are favored by the same spread against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte. All four contestants in Sunday’s games have overcome the odds to win as underdogs in the recent past. Can it happen again? Over the last decade, only two underdogs have won the AFC Championship. In 2006 the Pittsburgh…

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