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(...)

Detroit Lions wide receiver  Calvin Johnson (centre) had 329 yards receiving in his side’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, the second-most in NFL history. Photograph:  Leon Halip/Getty Images

NFL round-up: The Detroit Lions scored a dramatic late touchdown to beat the Dallas Cowboys, while the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten and the De(...)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is sacked for a safety by defensive end Calais Campbell  of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium  in Glendale, Arizona.  Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals ended New England’s unbeaten start to the season and Tom Brady’s run of 52 games with a touchdown pass as they beat the Patriot(...)

Quarterback Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots, according to ESPN. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

The New England Patriots have cut quarterback Tim Tebow from their roster, ESPN reported on Saturday citing “league sources”. Tebow, joined the Patri(...)

Fans wait  behind security barriers to exchange jerseys of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez at the club’s merchandise shop. The Patriots offered the jersey exchange after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When asked about players who are no longer with the New England Patriots, coach Bill Belichick usually says he will discuss only the names on his rost(...)