Gary Kubiak named Broncos head coach

The Broncos have officially hired Gary Kubiak to be their 15th head coach in franchise history.

Drafted by Denver in the eighth round of the 1983 Draft out of Texas A&M, Kubiak was John Elway's backup for nine seasons and his coach for another four. Upon retirement from playing, the Houston native went back to A&M as a running backs coach in 1992.

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Seahawks overcome four interceptions, 16-point deficit to return to SB

Seattle will defend its SB title after shocking Green Bay in a wild 28-22 overtime victory. The Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime and 19-7 late into the fourth quarter, but scored two late touchdowns and another in the extra session to punch their ticket to Glendale.

Russell Wilson was intercepted four times and struggled for most of the day, but rushed for a one-yard score and ended the game with consecutive 35-yard completions, including a picture-perfect touchdown to Jermaine Kearse.

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Gut Reaction: Seahawks beat Packers to return to Super Bowl

As much as I want to blame luck for the Seahawks' win over the Packers today, there's a better suspect.

The guilty party? Field goals.

Don't settle for field goals, or you are asking for trouble. Don't settle for field goals if you're playing to win (rather than simply to not lose). Finally, don't settle for field goals on the road, in the loudest stadium in the league.

John Elway would say that's not kicking and screaming. We disagree. It's kicking, but the wrong kind, and with a whimper.

Report: Raiders, Jack Del Rio seek meeting with Adam Gase

According to NFLN, the Raiders have asked the Broncos for permission to interview Adam Gase about their OC vacancy. Gase has also reportedly drawn interest as an OC from Jacksonville, Cleveland, Atlanta, and St. Louis.

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CBS gets half season of Thursday night games again

Thursday night games will be broadcast on CBS again, according to Deadline:

CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.

All games will continue to be produced by CBS, with a network mash-up of hosts.

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Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas out of Pro Bowl due to injuries

Peyton Manning (quad) and Demaryius Thomas (ankle, toe) will not participate in next weekend's Pro Bowl due to their respective injuries.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Emmanuel Sanders would participate in the game, replacing Atlant's Julio Jones.

Broncos brass interviewing Gary Kubiak in Houston today

John Elway, Joe Ellis, Tom Heckert, and Matt Russell are among the Broncos executives in Houston today to interview Gary Kubiak for the team's head coaching job. At this point, hiring Kubiak appears to be an inevitability. According to Mike Klis, the two sides are hoping to have a decision by Tuesday, when Kubiak's fellow Ravens coaches are due on Phoenix to prep for the Pro Bowl.

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Open Thread: 2014 Conference Championships

NFC Previews: PFFESPN, Greg CosellBill Barnwell, FO

AFC Previews: PFFESPN, Greg CosellBill Barnwell, FO

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Klis: Rick Dennison expected to be Gary Kubiak’s OC in Denver

According to Mike Klis, Rick Dennison is the likely offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak, should the latter end up the Broncos' head coach, as is widely expected. However, Dennison is also considered a candidate to replace Kubiak in Baltimore.

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Report: Adam Gase to interview for Jaguars OC position

According to Michael Silver, Adam Gase will interview for Jacksonville's OC vacancy. With all signs pointing to Gary Kubiak landing Denver's head job, it looks like Gase is resigned to finding an OC position elsewhere. There's talk of Gase following John Fox to Chicago or Jack Del Rio to Oakland, and he's also reportedly an OC candidate for Atlanta, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

Gase auditioned for head jobs with Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Buffalo, and Chicago.