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What's trending in the NFL: Aqib Talib praises Cam Newton; how Denver upset New England

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Newton vs. Manning (1:04)

The one thing Cam Newton hasn't gotten credit for is the leadership qualities Denver's Peyton Manning has been known for throughout his career. Perhaps Newton's halftime speech on Sunday will change that. (1:04)

Here are the top stories from Monday:

Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher celebrated trip to Super Bowl with 'The Blind Side' family (by David Newton)

From Bill Barnwell's story on how Denver's coaching retreads toppled the Patriots: "When the dust settled after that frantic ending and the failed two-point conversion in Denver on Sunday afternoon, there were a couple of unwanted architects to thank. While Peyton Manning basked in the limelight and clung desperately onto the game ball after winning what was likely his final duel with Tom Brady, the stars of Denver's upset victory giddily sprinted around elsewhere. It was Owen Daniels, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware who sprung the upset, and behind them were a pair of coaches who were two years removed from being unwanted and unemployed. On Sunday, the combination of Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips didn't just beat the brightest coach of this generation, Bill Belichick. They actually even outcoached him."

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib: Cam Newton is the 'most dangerous' QB in NFL (by Jeff Legwold)

Patriots, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo part ways, one day after quarterback Tom Brady was hit 23 times in a loss to the Broncos (by Mike Reiss)

Linebacker Karlos Dansby happy for changes within Browns after tough season (by Pat McManamon)

From Jeremy Fowler's story on 'Touchdown' Eddie Brown being amazed at his son Antonio's brilliance: "Antonio Brown wasn't the only one who felt pain from the vicious Vontaze Burfict helmet shot in the AFC wild-card round. Brown's father had a tough time shaking that one too. 'Touchdown' Eddie Brown, an Arena Football League legend who was absent for parts of Brown's childhood but reconnected nearly a decade ago, said he's not bitter at Burfict for the dirty hit that prompted a three-game suspension for the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker."

From ESPN Stats & Information: 50 stats to know for Super Bowl 50. For more Super Bowl coverage, go here.

From Kevin Seifert's story on why referee Ed Hochuli did not beat the Patriots: "Sunday's game at Sports Authority Field was officiated cleanly and decisively, at least from this vantage point, and calls in the handful of gray areas fell both ways. Let's take a look at a few of them below before turning our attention to referee Clete Blakeman and Super Bowl 50."

Sting of loss remains fresh, but Patriots' future is still bright (by Mike Reiss)

Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman could face vehicular assault, hit-and-run charges (by Sheil Kapadia)


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From ESPN Stats & Information research: At 39 years and 320 days, Peyton Manning will be the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. That passes John Elway in 1998 (38 years, 217 days) and Manning in 2013 (37 years, 315 days), both of whom were with the Broncos.


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