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Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in the NFL

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We’ve all heard the adage: defense wins championships. In the NFL, that doesn’t necessarily apply. Of course, it still helps – a lot, actually – to have a stout group on that side of the line. But, as the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers have proven this season, a team can get to the cusp of the Super Bowl while ranking near the bottom of the league in the two most prominent defensive categories: points and total yards.…

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Nick Kasa finds home with Broncos just before Super Bowl

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Last Sunday, Nick Kasa was like any other fan of the Denver Broncos. On Super Bowl Sunday, he’ll be one of the Denver Broncos. The tight end, out of football since the spring, got a phone call while sitting in the stands last weekend, watching the Broncos beat New England in the AFC title game. He dropped his phone and cracked the screen — that’s another story — but when he finally restored his service, he learned the Broncos wanted…

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Peyton Manning to face Tom Brady for one more shot at glory

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Peyton Manning gets to face his biggest nemesis for one more shot at glory. Get ready for Brady-Manning XVII. The NFL’s only five-time MVP earned one more and possibly final game against his rival by leading the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on a blustery Sunday. That set up an AFC championship game in Denver against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. What a fitting feature to an 18th season…

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Broncos top Steelers, await Patriots in AFC Championship Game

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The Denver Broncos became the last team to join the NFL’s final four after they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver, 23-16 on Sunday. In a game featuring two eventual Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Denver’s Peyton Manning got the best of Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger, playing on an injured shoulder from last week’s Wild Card game win over Cincinnati, threw for 339 yards and no touchdowns. He clearly missed his favorite target, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who amassed 1,834…

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Plenty to prove in 2015 for many of NFL’s key figures

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Nice job, Tom Brady. Peyton Manning, you’re up next. The 39-year-old quarterback is under pressure to prove his decline at the end of last season was because of  a torn thigh and not time catching up to him like a linebacker firing through the line unblocked. His boss, John Elway, is trying to take some load off his shoulders just like the Broncos did during Elway’s own Super Bowl runs in the late 1990s when a good ground game and…

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