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Bill O’Brien settling in as Houston Texans prep for No. 1 overall pick in 2014 … – The Patriot-News

The Patriot-NewsHouston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien answers questions during a news conference at Reliant Stadium on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Houston. O’Brien comes to the Texas, replacing Gary Kubiak, after two seasons as the head coach at Penn State.Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien: ‘You can’t compare guys to Tom Brady’MassLive.com (blog)Manziel sticks to […]

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Tom Brady slams Richard Sherman for taunting Michael Crabtree – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsTom Brady can sympathize with Michael Crabtree. He’s been there, the stakes just weren’t as high. Brady, like Crabtree, was on the receiving end of one of Richard Sherman’s trash-talking tirades, getting an earful after New England’s 24-23 loss in Seattle in …Richard Sherman drawing ad interestESPNSeahawks beat 49ers 23-17 to win […]

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Seahawks parlay 49ers’ mistakes into Super Bowl trip vs. Broncos – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSEATTLE — All season long, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense carried them at times the offense sputtered. Its biggest challenge yet will come in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks forced turnovers on the San Francisco 49ers’ final three drives, the last an …Broncos roll past Pats to win AFC titleMiamiHerald.comThird down problems highlight Patriots’ loss […]

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Game within a game: Bill Belichick vs. Peyton Manning – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldTom Brady and Peyton Manning are clearly, and rightfully, the focal points of today’s AFC Championship Game in Denver. But there are many other subplots that will factor into who emerges as the conference’s representative in Super Bowl XLVIII in New …Hot Reads: AFC, NFC decide Super Bowl teams (watch)SportingNews.comNarrative is overblown in Manning-Brady […]

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning playing to define their legacies – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsDENVER — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have been in each other’s way for more than a decade — it’s the greatest individual rivalry in NFL history and their close friendship makes it even more compelling. Manning is the greatest regular-season …NFL: Legends collide in AFC title gameSan Jose Mercury NewsBrady vs. […]

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AFC championship game: Broncos vs. Patriots preview – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesAlthough this is only the third postseason meeting between New England and Denver, it’s the 15th time during the regular season or postseason that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been on opposite sides. The Patriots are 10-4 in those games, most of …Bill Belichick brilliantly kept Patriots afloat despite key personnel lossesNewsdayTom […]

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Hot Reads: AFC, NFC decide Super Bowl teams (watch) – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comGet ready for a tremendous football game to open Sunday’s NFL conference championship play. NFL analyst Troy Aikman expects nothing less when the New England Patriots visit the Denver Broncos. Aikman will do analysis on Sunday’s second game, …Brady, Manning face off with Super Bowl on the lineDelaware County Daily TimesKiszla: Patriots’ Tom Brady blocks […]

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Peyton Manning can’t afford to wilt now – Boston Globe

Boston GlobePatriots fans think the Patriots are going to win Sunday because they are confident Tom Brady will play better than Peyton Manning in any big game. Manning will choke. That’s the book. A case can be made that, excluding Super Bowls, this AFC …Cheat Sheet: Predictions for Championship SundayFOXSports.comUnconventional Preview: Patriots-BroncosBoston.comManning vs. Brady once […]

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Unconventional Preview: Patriots-Broncos – Boston.com

Boston.comWelcome to Season 2, Episode 19 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-but-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots’ weekly matchup that runs right here every Friday around noon. The second-seeded Patriots, coming off a 43-22 victory over …Chipper Tom Brady back on field after illnessBoston HeraldExtra Points: Patriots take different path, get same resultMiamiHerald.comNFL conference championship […]

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Patriots must maintain tempo – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldBACK TO WORK: Tom Brady, who was sent home sick on Wednesday, returns to the practice field yesterday in Foxboro. 1. 2. Friday, January 17, 2014. PrintEmail Comments. By: Jeff Howe. FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s best asset Sunday against the Broncos …Remembering Tom Brady’s first-ever NFL start — against Peyton ManningUSA TODAYJohn Elway gets […]

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Broncos’ John Elway expects Peyton Manning back in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a quarterback, John Elway enjoyed nothing more than the NFL playoffs. But now that he’s running the Denver Broncos, postseason has become a miserable experience. “It took me four hours to get the pit out of my stomach after the …Capsule for AFC championship gameWashington PostExplaining Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’ call: […]

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Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice Thursday – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is back at practice with the New England Patriots. New England’s quarterback returned after missing one day because of illness. The Patriots are scheduled to practice again on Friday before leaving for Denver where …AFC Championship: Tom Brady-Peyton Manning is no contest in stat that mattersWashington PostExplaining Peyton […]

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The Edge: Brady vs. Manning – ESPN

ESPNFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady downplayed missing Wednesday’s practice with an illness, saying it felt good to get back on the field with his teammates Thursday in anticipation of the AFC Championship Game.Peyton Manning ranks Bill Belichick as greatest coach in NFL historyLos Angeles TimesTom Brady on illness: ‘It was nothing, […]

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Sick Tom Brady misses New England Patriots practice, but Bill Belichick won’t … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsFOXBOROUGH — Four days before the AFC Championship Game, they all but declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts: Tom Brady did not practice. Of course, New England has no chance to beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday if Bill …‘Omaha’ to benefit Peyton charityESPNExplaining Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’ call: How […]

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Wes Welker can’t pick between Peyton Manning, Tom Brady – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldDenver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) speaks at a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the …Here’s why NFL championship weekend is going to be awesomeFOXSports.com2014 NFL Conference championships, […]

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Brady sits Pats practice because of illness, shoulder – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are taking Tom Brady’s absence from practice in stride. Four days before the AFC championship game against the Denver Broncos, the star quarterback missed practice Wednesday because of illness …QB Tom Brady not spotted at Patriots practiceMiamiHerald.comPeyton Manning says Bill Belichick will ‘go down as the […]

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Omaha thanks Peyton Manning – ESPN

ESPNThe Denver Broncos quarterback used the word “Omaha” loudly and often during Sunday’s playoff victory over the San Diego Chargers. According to an NFL.com video montage, Manning barked “Omaha” before the ball was snapped 44 times during the …Brady-Manning, 49ers-Seahawks spice up title gamesSan Francisco ChronicleTom Brady embraces Patriots’ underdog statusBoston GlobeJoan Niesen: Peyton Manning, […]