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Will the Bucs’ Mike Evans match up against Aqib Talib?

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Sunday’s anticipated matchup between the old (Aqib Talib) and the new (Mike Evans) might not happen, says Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. The Denver Broncos may prefer Chris Harris to cover Evans. “We’ve talked about the matchup with Talib,” Koetter said. “But Harris is a really good corner too. They’ve both been to the Pro Bowl the last couple of years, and I’m not sure if Denver’s going to match [Evans with Talib]. Usually, Denver just plays sides, so…

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Malcom Butler, Von Miller, Luke Kuechly, Patrick Peterson lead star-studded defenses

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Some of the biggest difference-makers playing Championship Sunday are on defense. The Patriots won last year’s Super Bowl because Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass at the end. The Broncos earned the No. 1 seed because of their top-ranked defense. Arizona had six defensive touchdowns and Carolina has the league’s best linebacker duo. The offensive stars may get most of the attention, but strong defenses helped the final four teams get here. Each team finished in the top-10 in yards and…

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Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big Ben can go deep even with a sprained throwing shoulder. The Broncos (12-4) swear they won’t make the same mistake they did last year, either. They were in…

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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak benches Peyton Manning for Bears game

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Peyton Manning won’t suit up against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is going with backup Brock Osweiler as he tries to get his 39-year-old quarterback healthy. “I’m disappointed that I’m injured,” a somber Manning said at his locker. “I’m disappointed in the game yesterday. I will try to take advantage of this week and try to get to feeling better and getting healthy.” Kubiak said he met with Manning for an hour Monday morning and told…

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