• Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning (18) calls a play during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    No masterpiece, but Manning rides off with a win

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The best thing for Peyton Manning is that he won the Super Bowl.

  • In this Dec. 20, 2015, file phoo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) grapple during the first half of an NFL football game  in East Rutherford, N.J. In response to the season's violent outbursts by Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and others, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested a rule might be passed that would call for an automatic ejection if a player receives two personal fouls in a game.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

    Despite troubles aplenty, NFL and Super Bowl popular as ever

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached.

  • In this Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning talks with head coach Gary Kubiak  before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempse. File)

    Broncos take a chance, and it pays off with Kubiak

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — It’s hard to know who took the bigger risk.

  • In this Jan. 31, 1999, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates the Broncos 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. Elway is one of the very few to say he won it all, then simply walked away. Now, Peyton Manning is trying to follow in Elway's footsteps, wearing the same Broncos uniform Elway wore when he walked off into the sunset nearly 20 years ago. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)

    Like Elway, Manning has chance to tie things up with a title

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The last time the world saw John Elway in a Broncos uniform, he was facing the stands, both hands aloft, holding his helmet in his left hand, and his right hand clenched into a tight, celebratory fist. He flashed that toothy smile, knowing that a few minutes later, he would be cradling his second Super Bowl trophy.

  • In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips looks on during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver. The Broncos defensive coordinator is a character cut from the same cloth as his dad, quick with a quip and as good a teacher as he is a tactician. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

    Chip off the ol’ Bum: Wade Phillips gets best from Denver D

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips went to great pains to describe glowingly a certain coach with the initials “B.B.” — a coach he would go on to out-scheme and beat a few days later to punch his ticket to the Super Bowl.