DENVER — Peyton Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss and the Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of their playoff slip from last year, advancing to the AFC championship game with a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
SEATTLE — When he got around the edge, there was no one for Marshawn Lynch to hit. Directly ahead was open field, the end zone and the Seattle Seahawks' place in the NFC championship game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount wasn't satisfied with three short touchdown runs, not against a team coming off the second greatest comeback in playoff history.
ATLANTA — There will be an Atlanta Braves reunion this summer.
ATLANTA — There were a lot of guys who threw harder than Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
CINCINNATI — Dump it off to the running back, hand it off, let the field goal kicker take it from there.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Under pressure in subzero weather, Colin Kaepernick kept his cool.
NASHVILLE — Mike Munchak believes the Tennessee Titans aren't far off from becoming a playoff team, and he'll argue that he should keep coaching them in 2014 in the next few days.
ATLANTA — Carolina's blueprint for playoff success has been set: Let the sack-happy defense lead the way and hope dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton can add just enough offense.
The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James.
NEW YORK — Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn't much of a game, either.
SAN FRANCISCO — On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
HOUSTON — Peyton Manning had to prepare for a 2-point conversion and couldn't celebrate when he set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season in 2004.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday afternoon that Razor Shines will manage the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2014.