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Props rule the day for Super Bowl at Vegas sports books

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Jay Kornegay still finds it painful to talk about the last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl and the first snap of the game went over Peyton Manning‘s head for a Seattle safety. For some reason, a lot of bettors at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had put money on a 60-1 longshot that the first score of the games for the Seahawks would be that safety. “It cost us a healthy six figures in the first…

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Super Bowl’s Broncos, Panthers excel at defense differently

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Sometime late last season or early this season — depends on whom you ask — Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers’ other defensive backs were heading toward a drill as part of their weekly “Turnover Circuit,” when assistant coach Eric Washington yelled out a spur-of-the-moment greeting. “Hey, here come the thieves!” It was meant to be funny, using that word to refer to a group of guys whose job description includes trying to steal the ball. It stuck, and the…

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For once, Peyton Manning is being compared with worst QBs

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Just like that, and Denver’s Peyton Manning is on the wrong side of the room. For most of his career, he has been among the most celebrated of quarterbacks. He has the nifty nickname, “The Sheriff.” He has all the records. He has so many comebacks. And now, in what may be his final game, he is just another guy. That, as much as anything, provides the intrigue for Sunday’s Super Bowl game against Carolina. Forever, the comparisons to Manning have…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.25.16 – Santa Clara will now be Peyton’s Place

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San Mateo is located approximately halfway between San Francisco and Santa Clara, the site of Super Bowl 50 in 13 days. It’s also the hometown of Tom Brady, generally considered (after last year’s Super Bowl) The Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), when it comes to ranking NFL quarterbacks in history. He wasn’t yesterday, though, was he? There are many, many reasons to cherish the Denver Broncos upset over Brady’s New England Patriots last night. One that comes to mind this morning is the…

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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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