• Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) participates in a drill during practice in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Super Bowl’s Broncos, Panthers excel at defense differently

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Sometime late last season or early this season — depends on whom you ask — Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers’ other defensive backs were heading toward a drill as part of their weekly “Turnover Circuit,” when assistant coach Eric Washington yelled out a spur-of-the-moment greeting.

  • Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre waves after being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the fifth annual NFL Honors at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

    Favre, Stabler, Harrison, Greene, Pace, Dungy voted to Hall

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first NFL game Brett Favre ever attended, as a teenager growing up in Mississippi, was the final home game of Ken “The Snake” Stabler’s career.

  • In this Aug. 19, 1989, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, right, and coach Dan Reeves stand on the sideline during the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Calif. Elway was not playing in the game. Like millions of Americans, Reeves will settle in at home on Sunday, turn on the TV, and follow along as the Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. And make no mistake, he has a rooting interest, because of all sorts of ties to Denver and several key figures who helped the team reach the big game, including general manager John Elway, head coach Gary Kubiak and others. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    Patriarch of these Denver Broncos? Former coach Dan Reeves

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dan Reeves has barely merited a mention in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, his imprint on these Denver Broncos an afterthought.

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks onto the stage for a news conference Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Goodell confirms Nov. 21 for Texans-Raiders game in Mexico

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule.

  • In this Jan. 28, 1990, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana raises his helmet toward the crowd as he leaves the field following the team's 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV in New Orleans. Montana won four Super Bowls, collecting three MVP trophies along the way, so it's not easy to pick his top game, but the 1990 Super Bowl might very well be it.  (AP Photo/Lennox McLennon, File)

    Joe Cool tops list of best Super Bowl passing performances

    The face of most successful NFL teams nowadays is the quarterback, so it should come as no surprise that seven of the past eight league MVPs played that position.

  • FILE- In this Jan. 30, 1983, file photo, Washington Redskins running back John Riggins (44) breaks away from Miami Dolphins cornerback Don McNeal on his way to the game-winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XVII in Pasadena, Calif. The Redskins defeated the Dolphins 27-17. Riggins rushed for 166 yards and was named Most Valuable Player of the game. (AP Photo/File)

    From Riggins to Allen to Elway, the best Super Bowl runs

    Last year’s Super Bowl is best remembered for a team’s unsuccessful decision to throw on what appeared to be an obvious running down near the goal line, the sort of thing that maybe shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the emphasis on passing in today’s NFL.