DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are in the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years after knocking off New England 26-16 in the AFC championship game. Peyton Manning was 32 of 43 for 400 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, while Matt Prater hit four field goals. The Broncos kept the Patriots out of the end zone in building a 23-3 lead before Tom Brady threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for 215 yards and Marshawn Lynch ran for another 109 as the Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 23-17 in the NFC championship game. The Seahawks never led until Wilson threw his only touchdown pass of the game, a 35-yard toss to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter. Lynch scored Seattle’s first touchdown on a 40-yard run early in the third quarter.
SEATTLE (AP) — A person with knowledge of the bidding process tells The Associated Press that all four of the NFL’s network partners have bid on the Thursday night television package. The league has used its NFL Network to televise the games, but recently put up the 13-game series for bids. It received them from NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. The NFL also has expressed a desire to simulcast the games on NFL Network.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced in straight sets, but didn’t have it all his way in a 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3) win over No. 16 Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open. Nadal was broken twice in the third set. Andy Murray advanced, defeating Stephane Robert. Women’s second seed Victoria Azarenka reached the women’s quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory, but No. 3 Maria Sharapova was ousted 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH’-vah).
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Reed has won the PGA’s Humana Challenge, finishing two shots ahead of Ryan Palmer. Reed fired three straight 63s before closing with a 1-under 71 to finish 28-under for the tournament. He ran in an 18-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th to push his advantage to three strokes and parred the final three holes.