New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: completed 21 of 35 passes throwing for 287 yards  as the Patriots gained revenge for the opening game loss at Miami. Photograph: Matt Campbell/EPA

The New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos clinched divisional titles and playoff berths with wins on Sunday while the Green (...)

Seattle Seahawks  running back Marshawn Lynch dives into the end zone for a touchdown against as  the New York Giants  during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Steve Dykes/Getty Images

NFL round-up: The San Francisco 49ers prevailed in an overtime thriller with New Orleans after Saints quarterback Drew Brees fumbled and the league-le(...)

 Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata  dives past Washington Redskins outside linebacker Adam Hayward to score a touchdown on a one yard run in the second half in Minneapolis. Photograph:  Craig Lassig/EPA

NFL round-up: Tom Brady continued his success against Peyton Manning by throwing four touchdowns to lead New England to a 43-21 win over the Denver Br(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

Marshawn Lynch dives over the line  to score  Seattle Seahawks’  winning touchdown in overtime against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks survived an inspired fightback by the Denver Broncos to claim a thrilling 26-20 overtime win on Sunday (...)

Denver Broncos  quarterback Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field  on the opening day of the NFL season.  Photograph: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Peyton Manning gained revenge against his former team and put his recent Super Bowl nightmare behind him by leading the Denver Broncos to a season-ope(...)

Joe Schmidt’s arrival as Ireland coach has coincided with Andrew  Trimble’s most impressive period in the green jersey, but the player’s character has also played its part. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to build success? As the dust settles on the Heineken Cup exits this question remains on my mind. We’ve also been asking this of my local club Old(...)

Seattle Seahawks reach for the Vince Lombardi Trophy after  defeating the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, last night. Photograph: EPA/Tannen Maury

Seattle Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8 The Seattle Seahawks’ ferocious defence shut down the Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton(...)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is mobbed by media during a press conference ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII      in Newark, New Jersey. Photograph: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

The rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks heated up on Thursday as Peyton Manning entered into a war of words with Richard Sherman. (...)

Workers attempt to clear a snow-covered MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last week. Photograph: New York Times

MARC SANTORAThere comes a moment in so many memorable games when a team will turn its anxious gaze to one player and ask a simple question: You got th(...)