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…

A changed Johnny Football? Manziel on a mission to be No. 1 pick – NewsOK.com

NewsOK.comInstead, he says he’s the guy the Houston Texans should take with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Manziel is currently in California preparing for the NFL…

Colorado Viewers Miss Six Minutes Of AFC Title Game, Learn About Santa – Deadspin

Colorado Viewers Miss Six Minutes Of AFC Title Game, Learn About SantaDeadspinSomehow this flew under the radar all week, but it turns out Broncos fans in Colorado Springs missed much…

Tom Brady says he won’t watch Super Bowl – SB Nation

SB NationOn Monday, Brady said he won’t be watching the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Broncos, instead preferring to treat the season as over, per the Boston Herald.…

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…

Could postgame rant by Seahawks’ Richard Sherman become Super distraction? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSEATTLE — Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL. Just ask him. Have no doubt, people will ask him – time and again – over these next…

Peyton Manning, Broncos rip Patriots to reach Super Bowl – ESPN

ESPNPeyton Manning will be the second-oldest quarterback to start in a Super Bowl, trailing only Hall of Famer John Elway, who was 38 when Denver won Super Bowl XXXIII. It…

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…

Peyton Manning guides Broncos back to Super Bowl – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesDENVER — Peyton Manning didn’t have to outduel Tom Brady in the AFC championship game Sunday. The Denver Broncos’ defense made sure of that. Also; Tom Brady vs.…

AFC Championship preview: Patriots at Broncos – Boston.com

Boston.comBill Belichick and Tom Brady have an opportunity to guide the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl berth together while trying to realize their fourth championship, a journey that has…

The five best Brady-Manning matchups – Boston.com

Boston.comSunday’s AFC Championship matchup – yes, game-day has finally arrived — between Peyton Manning’s Broncos and the Tom Brady-helmed Patriots has all the makings of one we’ll be marking down…

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady a battle of who needs it more – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsIt was Bill Parcells, who always had a lot of good lines and still does, who once said that when a game looks even, bet the team…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Ryan Mallett really getting into act – Boston Globe

Boston Globejohn tlumacki/globe staff. As the backup, Ryan Mallett’s job on the scout team was to prepare the Patriots defense by imitating Peyton Manning. FOXBOROUGH — His voice sounded a…

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.…

Super Bowl XXXII: John Elway and Broncos finally win big game, defeat Packers … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsThe Super Bowl had never been kind to the Denver Broncos, especially to John Elway. Before their appearance in Super Bowl XXXII, Denver was 0-4 in the…

Brady vs. Manning: Breaking Down the Numbers – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalWhen Tom Brady and Peyton Manning square off in Sunday’s AFC championship game (Sun., 3 p.m. ET, CBS), it will rekindle one of the greatest individual rivalries in…

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,…

The AFC Championship doesn’t come down to Brady or Manning – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPerhaps you’ve heard this week that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are playing each other again. This time, the winner gets a trip to the Super Bowl. It’s all…

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady: A tale of the tape – USA TODAY

USA TODAYYou’ve contributed successfully to: Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady: A tale of the tape. Thanks! Check out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY…

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:…

Tom Brady Back at Practice After Missing Day – ABC News

ABC NewsNo sniffles, no coughs, no watery eyes. Patriots fans can breathe easy now that Tom Brady is back at practice. “Doing very well, thank you,” the quarterback who will…

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.…

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…

Five keys to shutting down Peyton Manning and the Broncos – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comBrendon Ayanbadejo played for the Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens last season. He details how to defend Tom Brady in five key steps. Seven of the last 12 Super Bowls…

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…

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…

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…

Ex-Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker ready to face his old team again – WEEI.com

WEEI.comWes Welker and the Broncos have their sights set on the Patriots this Sunday. (AP). When asked Wednesday about Wes Welker and the impact he’s had on the Denver offense…

A lot is different for Patriots and Broncos this time – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeFOXBOROUGH — It wasn’t that long ago — less than eight weeks — that the Patriots and Broncos met in a nationally televised showdown at Gillette Stadium. Go back…

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…

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…