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NFL: Peyton Manning Goes Out On Top, Retires After Broncos Super Bowl Win

One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history calls it a career after 18 seasons, as Peyton Manning announces his retirement:

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stretches prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts , Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Via NFL dot com:

Peyton Manning is going out a champion.

Weeks after capturing his second Super Bowl title, the storied career of the NFL’s all-time passing leader has come to an end.

Manning will announce his retirement on Monday at 1 p.m. ET after 18 seasons in the league, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports according to a source close to Manning. Manning called key Broncos figures including VP John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak on Saturday night to tell them of his plans. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the story.

“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. ” Read the rest of this entry

Defense Wins Championships As Broncos Dominate Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos defense led by Von Miller shutdown the Carolina Panthers & MVP Cam Newton to win Super Bowl 50:

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Via Yahoo Sports:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Across a season where his team won 17 times and he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton appeared invincible.

Then along came Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Wade Phillips and the entire Denver Broncos defense that bruised, battered and eventually beat him in the biggest game of them all.

Denver 24, Carolina 10 in a defense-delivered upset in Super Bowl 50.

It was the Broncos’ defense, not the Peyton Manning offense that was most responsible for Denver’s points. A Miller sack and strip of Newton in the first quarter was recovered in the end zone by Jackson to give Denver a 10-0 lead and set the tone that this was a different level than Carolina had seen.

The game was capped by another Miller strip of Newton that set the Broncos up on Carolina’s 4-yard line. C.J. Anderson scored a few plays later to put it out of reach. Newton was sacked six times, tossed around like rag doll.

Miller was named Super Bowl 50 MVP.

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Super Bowl Preview: Seahawks Set To Face The Patriots In Super Bowl 49

MMQB previews the key Super Bowl matchups and storylines between the defending champion Seahawks and NE Patriots:  

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SEAHAWKS’ OFFENSE VS. PATRIOTS’ DEFENSE

1) Seattle’s passing game

The Patriots have the best man coverage in football. The Seahawks’ passing attack is heavy on isolation routes, and we just saw their receivers get stifled for 55 minutes by the Packers’ man-centric defense. Expect Darrelle Revis to shadow Doug Baldwin, eliminating Russell Wilson’s top target. The Seahawks might be able to occasionally work Baldwin open from the slot with short-area pick routes, stack releases, and their staple wheel routes, but Revis is phenomenal at working through traffic to defend those (see his interception in the AFC Championship Game). Most likely, Wilson will have to look elsewhere. But with two safeties in help coverage—a tactic the Patriots use often and will certainly employ against the mobile Wilson—do we really foresee Jermaine Kearse consistently separating from Brandon Browner? Or Ricardo Lockette shaking free from Kyle Arrington and a safety?

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Super Bowl Preview: Ravens vs 49ers; February 3rd, New Orleans

Sports Illustrated previews Superbowl XLVII, Ravens vs 49ers:

Even though the San Francisco 49ers failed to secure the NFC’s top playoff seed, their appearance in the Super Bowl comes as no surprise to most people. The Ravens, on the other hand, limped into the playoffs as losers of four of their last five regular season games and faced what looked like an impossible road to New Orleans.

Three weeks later, here we are.

The Ravens will be making their first Super Bowl appearance since winning it all during the 2000 season. The 49ers have not competed on the NFL’s biggest stage since the 1994 campaign — a drought during which 12 other NFC teams played for the Lombardi.

Neither team has lost in the Super Bowl: San Francisco is 5-0, and the Ravens victorious in that lone trip.

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