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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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NFL adds two political pros to PR, lobbying teams

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After a series of public relations setbacks over the past two years, the National Football League (NFL) has hired two veteran Washington PR professionals on Tuesday to help stanch the bleeding. Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart joins the league as Executive Vice-President of Communications. Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs Cynthia Hogan received a promotion to Executive Vice-President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Despite the NFL’s popularity among fans and advertisers, Lockhart joins the NFL at a time…

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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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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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Backups lead Denver, Cincinnati in big Monday night game

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It isn’t exactly Peyton Manning against Andy Dalton. Still, both the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals need to win the Monday night football game between the two. So what if it’s Brock Osweiler vs. A.J. McCarron? The Broncos are 10-4, but they’ve gone 3-4 over the past seven weeks and they’ve lost two in a row. Their lead over Kansas City is down to a half-game. They could end up with the AFC’s second seed, or they could miss the…

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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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