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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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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 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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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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Writing off some teams early in schedule a mistake

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Anyone who wrote off the Texans, Chiefs, Redskins and Bears when they slid to the bottom of the early NFL standings better have used pencil. While those four teams don’t have championship-level talent, they’ve revived their fortunes and are making some noise. Yes, all are 4-5 and have the kind of holes that make them virtual non-contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. But they’re revitalized and figure to be dangerous opponents down the stretch, with the Texans and Redskins still in…

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Is No. 18’s 18th NFL season coming to a premature end?

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What if this is it for Peyton Manning? While many of his teammates won’t dare consider the notion, at least one prominent member of the Denver Broncos has considered the possibility that No. 18’s 18th NFL season could come to a premature end. “I’m not going to lie, I’ve pondered it a little bit,” leading tackler Brandon Marshall said. “But I try not to think about it too much because I know we’ve got a job to do, I know…

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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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