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Peyton’s late TD drive sends Broncos past Steelers

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Get ready for another Manning-Brady matchup with a Super Bowl spot on the line. Peyton Manning Jerseys and the Broncos offense came up big on a 13-play fourth quarter drive to beat the Steelers 23-16 Sunday. Here’s what we learned:


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1. The Broncos earned the No. 1 seed because of their defense. And their defense wound up making the biggest plays to send Denver to the AFC Championship. Bradley Roby Jerseys’s forced fumble of Fitzgerald Toussaint helped turn the game around in the fourth quarter. And DeMarcus Ware Jerseys pressured Ben Roethlisberger on back-to-back plays to kill Pittsburgh’s attempt at a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.

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“I think our defense is what’s guiding us. cheapjerseys us Let’s be clear,” Manning said after the game.

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2. Peyton Manning Jerseys (222 yards on 37 attempts) did not have a vintage performance. But he avoided any big mistakes, survived at least five drops from his receivers, and made the biggest throw of the game when he absolutely needed it. He’s a game manager. Facing a third-and-12 with 8:37 left, Manning threaded the needle on a seam pass up the middle to Bennie Fowler for a 31-yard gain. Denver’s running game did most of the work rest of the way on the game-winning drive. This is a different sort of Manning-led team, but the formula is working.

3. This was the exact recipe that the Broncos used early in the season. Their defense kept an ugly Broncos passing game alive, forced a huge turnover in the fourth quarter, and then Manning came up with some fourth quarter heroics. If nothing else, the Broncos are used to these sort of games. They have made big comebacks throughout the year and have a lot of confidence in their ability to close out tight finishes. One of those comebacks, of course, came against their AFC title game foe — the Patriots.

“I’ve never been apart of a team that handles adversity so well,” Von Miller said after the game.

4. The Steelers will be kicking themselves for not taking advantage of opportunities. They moved the ball well, with 396 yards against the No.1 defense in football. But they couldn’t finish drives. Their cheapjerseys us second drive of the game finished with an attempted 30-yard touchdown kill shot on fourth-and-one. Big Ben, who had plenty of arm strength all day, was late on the throw. A penalty took them out of field goal range in one fourth quarter drive. Aqib Talib Jerseys broke up a pass at the goal line to force a third quarter field goal. And Toussaint’s fumble killed a promising drive, setting up Manning’s heroics.

5. Martavis Bryant led the Steelers with 154 yards receiving. He also led the Steelers with 40 rushing yards. Pittsburgh will be wondering “What if?” all offseason when it comes to Antonio Brown’s concussion. The Steelers looked one offensive piece short for much of the day. Roethlisberger was too often not on the same page with Markus Wheaton, and they couldn’t get a consistent ground game going. Still, an emotional Mike Tomlin didn’t want to talk about the missing players Sunday. They had a fourth quarter lead and the ball in Broncos territory. They had this game.

6. C.J. Anderson Jerseys may have earned a bigger share of the Broncos backfield with this performance. He busted free for a key 34-yard run and generally ran tougher than Ronnie Hillman. Anderson finished out the game after Hillman struggled early, gaining only 38 yards on 16 carries.

7. The Steelers defense finished the season playing at a much higher level than early in the season. James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons and Jarvis Jones were all standouts Sunday. But they weren’t good enough to carry this team on their own. Pittsburgh’s special teams and offense let them down. Denver scored six cheap points early essentially off special teams.

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Gillette Stadium ice sees first action, set for Classic

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Dan Craig finally saw some unfamiliar faces enjoying themselves on the rink he and his crew have built at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. It was a moment he won’t soon forget.


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“Did you see the kids?” Craig said. “Come on. Come on. That was awesome. That’s what it’s all about right there. Forget the big boys, look at the kids. It’s priceless to get the families out there to really, really enjoy it.”

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Craig will get to see a lot more on Thursday, when the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens Jerseys practice in advance of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). In addition, the NHL is hosting the Outdoor Women’s Classic presented by Scotiabank and the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game presented by Molson Canadian at Gillette Stadium.

Craig said the ice is ready for it all.

“We’re in good shape,” he said. “A little bit of a cleanup to do later [Wednesday night], but we’re going to be good [Thursday] for practice and then we’ll see what Mother Nature throws at us for game day.”

The forecast for Friday in Foxborough is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 42 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 25, according to Those conditions should work just fine for the game, Craig said.

It’ll actually be a nice change from what Craig and the crews have been dealing with the past few days, when the weather has turned on them several times and forced them to deal with wind, rain, sleet, snow and a significant drop in temperature.

“You have a plan and all of a sudden Mother Nature decides she is going to do something else,” Craig said. “The next thing you know you have to do a management seminar and say, ‘OK, guys, we’re in a different direction.'”

“[Wednesday] is the calmest day we’ve had here,” Craig later said. “[Tuesday], all of a sudden the wind came up and shifted, the sleet started jj watt jersey cheap going, rain started coming, and you’re just like, ‘Wow.’ You just make changes as you go.”

Craig said patience is the key. He said he learned that six years ago, when he did a rink build for the Winter Classic game at Fenway Park in Boston.

“I have to tell the guys to tell me, ‘Be patient, be patient. We have a program, stay with it, be patient and we’ll be fine,'” Craig said. “Things change and you have to be patient and ride it out.”

He got to see some of his patience pay off on Wednesday, when the families of the Bruins players took their memorable twirl at Gillette Stadium. Craig will get a better study of how his ice is doing Thursday, when the events will run one after another with barely a break in between.

The Bruins are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. ET. The Canadiens go on at 12:30. The women’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and puck drop for the alumni game is expected to happen around 3:30 p.m.

“If we have a day like today, perfect,” Craig said. “Let’s go. Drop the puck. Bring the boys in. Put their equipment on. Let’s get at it.”