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 (...)

New England Patriots  quarterback Tom Brady in action against   the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium  in San Diego, California. Photograph: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

A Tom Brady-inspired New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers 23-14 on Sunday to cement their place at the top of the National Football Leagu(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Denver  quarterback  Peyton Manning , head coach John Fox and former  player John Elway celebrate after their AFC Championship game victory over  the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks won their National Football League conference championships in brilliant style on Sunday to set up a hist(...)

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos looks to pass under pressure from Melvin Ingram of the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter during the AFC divisional play-off game in Denver, Colorado. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos held off a late rally by the San Diego Chargers to reach the AFC Championship game and set up another Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady b(...)

Shayne Graham (3) of the New Orleans Saints kicks a 32-yard game winning field goal to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFC Wild Card Play-off game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4th, 2014 in Philadelphia. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24. Photograph:  Al Bello/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints snapped a road jinx with their play-off win last week in Philadelphia but face the NFL’s ultimate travel test in their division(...)

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy closes in on  Drew Brees (No 9) of the New Orleans Saints during the clash at the America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals all clinched play-off spots as the National Football League playoff picture came in(...)

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicks the winning field goal against the Denver Broncos. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Tom Brady handed another painful defeat to arch-rival Peyton Manning as a furious rally and a Denver miscue gave the New England Patriots a wild 34-3(...)