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FILE - In this May 4, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, right, points out something in the stadium to his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, from New York Yankees' Derek Jeter's suite during a baseball game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York. Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli's sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC's

Peyton Manning explains Eli’s sad face

Peyton Manning appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and had some fun at the expense of his little brother.

A report said Johnny Manziel was drunk at a practice and the Browns diagnosed him with a concussion as a cover up.

NFL notes: Browns say Johnny Manziel was concussed, not hung over

The NFL Network said the reported concussion was an effort to protect the quarterback.

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton answers questions after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cam Newton defends actions after Super Bowl

The league NFL MVP didn’t apologize for walking out of a brief three-minute interview on Sunday night.

Cam Newton and the Panthers committed four turnovers against the Broncos.

Ben Volin | On football

Panthers sabotaged every single chance against Broncos

If the Patriots ever lost a Super Bowl like the Panthers did Sunday, boy would New Englanders be upset.

John Elway knew his Broncos needed defense — and he has the trophy to prove he was correct.

Christopher L. Gasper

Broncos showed defense is anything but passé

The Broncos harassed and humbled league MVP Cam Newton, and muffled the NFL’s highest-scoring offense.


Super Bowl Replay: Key plays from Broncos’ win over Panthers

Here’s our look at what went wrong for Carolina and what went right for Denver after reviewing the film.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the second half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Odds are on Patriots’ side entering 2016

Less than 24 hours after Super Bowl 50, the Patriots were listed among the favorites to win next season’s title.

Johnny Manziel (left) sat with Colleen Crowley during a Texas Rangers game in 2015.

NFL notes: Affidavit details Johnny Manziel’s fight with girlfriend

Colleen Crowley said the Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation that she lost hearing in one ear.

Tom Brady had a Donald Trump hat in his locker earlier this season.

Donald Trump says Tom Brady would endorse him if he asked

Trump said he hasn’t asked the Patriots quarterback to endorse him so he does not risk any of his sponsorships.

Dante Scarnecchia during a 2011 practice.

Patriots Notebook

Longtime assistant Dante Scarnecchia could return to Patriots

Talks between Scarnecchia, who retired after the 2013 season, and the Patriots are under way, ESPN reported.

Tweet from Marshawn Lynch indicates possible retirement

Marshawn Lynch was at the center of attention in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished the Super Bowl 13 of 23 for 141 yards with an interception.


If this is it, Peyton Manning went out a winner

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t vintage Manning, but history doesn’t keep score with style points.

DeMarcus Ware wrapped up Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for one of his two sacks.


Wrath of Broncos’ defense paralyzed Panthers, Cam Newton

The Broncos teed off on the Panthers’ shaky offensive line, hitting Newton 13 times.

Aqib Talib had five tackles and two pass breakups against the Panthers.

Aqib Talib slips and falls on NFL Network set

The Broncos cornerback tried to video bomb a live shot, but instead slipped and fell.

Von Miller forced two fumbles against the Panthers.

Von Miller named MVP of Super Bowl 50

The Broncos linebacker finished with 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles against the Panthers.

Von Miller sacked Cam Newton 2.5 times in the Broncos’ win over the Panthers.


Broncos defense dominates to beat Panthers

Denver’s defense stifled league MVP Cam Newton and Carolina.

Tom Brady looked on during Super Bowl 50 between the Broncos and the Panthers at Levi’s Stadium Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.


Tom Brady booed during Super Bowl pregame ceremony

Brady grew up near Levi’s Stadium and is usually revered in the Bay Area — but not when Broncos fans take over.

Tom Brady booed during MVP ceremony at Super Bowl 50

The Patriots quarterback was introduced as a part of the league’s honoring of past MVPs.

Live updates: Super Bowl 50 postgame in Santa Clara

Globe sports reporters bring you the latest from the locker rooms and the news conferences after Denver’s win over Carolina.

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media during media availability prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cam Newton named NFL MVP

Newton was a landslide choice, receiving 48 of 50 votes. Fellow QBs Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

Brett Favre passed for 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns over 20 seasons.

Brett Favre highlights new Pro Football Hall of Fame class

Other inductees in the eight-man group include former coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the NFL in tackles since entering the league.


Luke Kuechly could be BC’s best-ever pro

Move over, Doug Flutie, the fourth-year Panthers linebacker is on a collision course with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dave Gettleman took over the Panthers in 2013.


For Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, patience paved path to Super Bowl

The Mattapan native’s faith in coach Ron Rivera and the front office trickled down to the locker room.

Peyton Manning is 10-2 this season and didn’t thrown an interception in either playoff game.


Few celebrating Peyton Manning’s career as Super Bowl nears

The narratives surrounding Manning in Super Bowl 50 are unusual for one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks.

Von Miller was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Three Broncos fined $23k each for infractions in AFC title game

Linebacker Von Miller and safeties T.J. Ward and Shiloh Keo incurred the fines.

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick during the first round of the NFL Draft in New York. The Browns indicated Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, that they’ve finally had enough of Manziel’s bad-boy behavior and intend to release the quarterback in March when the league begins its next calendar year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

NFL Notebook

Johnny Manziel’s father fears for QB’s safety

Manziel’s father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Head Coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers looks on while his team stretches during practice prior to Super Bowl 50 at San Jose State University on February 5, 2016 in San Jose, California. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on February 7. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Super Bowl notebook

Broncos, Panthers finish final preparations

The teams looked good in practice Friday; all that’s left is Sunday’s big game.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


Patriots will not get exonerated at this Super Bowl

Roger Goodell’s PSI research appears to be just window dressing.

11/17/2015 Foxboro Ma. New England Patriots #39 Montee Ball (cq) at Practice at Gillette Stadium Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

Montee Ball arrested in domestic case

Ball, who spent time on the Patriots practice squad, was jailed on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Eight takeaways from Roger Goodell’s state of the NFL address

The commissioner discussed the league’s marijuana policy, daily fantasy football, the Pro Bowl, and more on Friday.

SUPER BOWL 50 | 6:30 P.M. (CBS)

Keys to victory for the Broncos and Panthers

A close look at the Super Bowl matchup, with an emphasis on who has the edge in the passing and running games.

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell says PSI data was not collected for study

At his state of the NFL address, the commissioner said the league was aiming for deterrence, not research.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches a Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio, in this file photo taken October 17, 2014. Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police he hit her after they met friends at a Dallas hotel and again when they were driving back to her home in Fort Worth, according to a police report released on Thursday. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports/Files

Johnny Manziel’s father is afraid for his son’s life

“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” his father told The Dallas Morning News.

Ballad of the Brokenhearted Pats Fan

Bill Littlefield turns to verse to capture the anguish felt throughout New England at the Patriots’ loss.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to reporters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Peyton Manning’s lawyers investigated documentary’s source, report says

The Washington Post reported investigators located and questioned the main source in Al Jazeera’s story.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


NFLPA attorney questions league’s silence on PSI data

Jeffrey Kessler wants to know what the NFL will do with the data from its season-long study of the inflation levels of footballs.

Feb 1, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night media day at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


Broncos’ Aqib Talib turned career around with Patriots

No one has topped Talib’s total of 30 interceptions since he entered the league.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton throws during practice in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Broncos face a sizable challenge in Cam Newton

Experts at Super Bowl 50 have different opinions on how to stop the Panthers’ 248-pound mobile quarterback — if it’s even at all possible.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. Tired of Manziel’s off-field transgressions, some Browns fans have vowed not to discuss the quarterback on Twitter in February 2016. They’ve begun a “Johnny Free February” movement to refrain from mentioning Manziel on their social media accounts. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

Manziel won’t be charged after ex-girlfriend said he struck her

Fort Worth police released a report that provided details of the altercation between Manziel and Colleen Crowley.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Roger Goodell to require NFL teams to interview women for executive jobs

Goodell’s announcement immediately drew attention.

Sportscasters Phil Simms, from left, Jack Whitaker and Jim Nantz participate in the


History the main topic of CBS’s 4-hour Super Bowl pregame show

Even Bill Belichick will narrate one segment as the network looks back on 50 years of the big game.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks in a post game press conference after being defeated by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tom Brady to attend ceremony honoring Super Bowl MVPs

The NFL announced that 40 MVPs are confirmed to participate in the on-field pregame ceremony.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos gives an interview to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports after the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

bettor’s edge

The bucks go on the Broncos

A bruising defense and a head start on points looks like a winning combination in the Super Bowl.

BOSTON, MA - 2/03/2016: CLASS MATES OF 1975 L-R : Mark Manuel, Mark Reed, Tom Stack, Jim Rourke, Jim Timmins, Frank Nash and Tom Cunningham. BC High grad and former NFL player Jim Rourke will be presented an NFL game ball in recognition of Super Bowl 50. NFL has sent game balls to the high schools that had a player compete in a Super Bowl. Rourke played for Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC 04schbchigh

Super Bowl XXIII | Michael Madden

Jim Rourke filled in for the Bengals

The former BC High offensive lineman seized his opportunity in Super Bowl XXIII.

Tom Brady and the Patriots defeated the Panthers, 17-16, in the preseason.


How would Patriots have matched up with Panthers?

Many have speculated what might have been if the Patriots had been able to rally past the Broncos. Here’s what the stats say.

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, spoke during a news conference in March.

NFL backtracks, says it’s evaluating PSI data

The league’s head of officials said Wednesday said the NFL has not decided how to use the results of random checks.

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