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Kelvin Benjamin makes his return to the NFL

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The NFL returns Thursday night with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 as the Carolina Panthers head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Players are pleased training camp and the exhibition season are over, but none more than Kelvin Benjamin. The former Florida State standout has not played in a regular-season game in nearly 20 months, but that will end tonight. Benjamin missed all of last season after tearing his ACL during training camp. Panthers’ fans can savor the…

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Wade Phillips finally kicked in the door

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It was quite a weekend for Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. On Sunday, his team won the Super Bowl primarily because of the players he coaches. The night before, he was selected as the NFL’s best assistant coach. Those watching Denver’s 24-10 bludgeoning of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday saw a defensive unit assembled before Phillips arrived exactly one year ago (Feb. 9, 2015). In the span of 12 months, a good Denver defense became an excellent defense. Phillips…

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Broncos’ fierce pass rush took Cam Newton out of Super Bowl 50

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For the Denver Broncos, the game plan was simple. All they had to do to win the Super Bowl 50 was to make league MVP Cam Newton even less of a threat than aging quarterback Peyton Manning. The fierce pass rush of the Broncos, especially of linebacker Von Miller, held Newton to 10 points in Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night. Miller had 2½ sacks, forced two fumbles, and made six tackles to lead the Broncos’ victory.…

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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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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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