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. The Broncos (14-3) took a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers then capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage a comeback reminiscent of Baltimores shocking win at Denver exactly a year earlier. This time, however, Manning rescued the Broncos from the brink of another crushing collapse and sent them into the title game for the first time in eight seasons. Theyll host the New England Patriots (13-4) on Sunday. Get ready for Brady vs. Manning once more. In the most recent matchup of QBs with Hall of Fame credentials, Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied past Manning and the visiting Broncos 34-31 in overtime on Nov. 24. "Its the Broncos versus the Patriots and certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot," Manning said after beating San Diego. "But when you get to the AFC championship, its about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there." Manning ended a personal three-game post-season skid in winning for the first time since leading Indianapolis over the Jets 30-17 in the AFC championship game on Jan. 24, 2010. Manning completed 25 of 36 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, numbers that werent quite up to the standards he set during a record-breaking regular season when he established new benchmarks with 55 TD throws and 5,447 yards through the air. But it was windy and the Broncos were intent on establishing the run and controlling the clock. San Diego had Manning and his high-octane offence cooling their cleats on the sideline for more than 38 minutes in both of their meetings during the regular season, when both teams won on the road. Denver had the ball for 35 minutes, 27 seconds in this game, to San Diegos 24:33. After gaining just 18 yards on the ground against San Diego last month, the Broncos ran for 133 yards, including 82 by Knowshon Moreno, whose 3-yard TD run put them ahead 24-7 with 8:12 left. After that, things got interesting. Quentin Jammer, who gave up San Diegos first TD, a 16-yarder to Keenen Allen early in the fourth quarter, surrendered a 49-yard catch by Allen on fourth-and-5 from the San Diego 25 with seven minutes left. That led to Allens second TD, also from 16 yards out, that pulled the Chargers to 24-14 with 5:43 left. Eric Decker then made his third big blunder of the day, flubbing the onside kick, which San Diego recovered. Nick Novaks 30-yard field goal with 3:53 pulled the Chargers (10-8) to within a touchdown. Novak followed with a pooch kick, and Trindon Holliday secured the ball at the Denver 27 with 3:51 left. Manning converted two third-down throws to tight end Julius Thomas, the first one a nifty 21-yarder on third-and-17 from his 20 and then a third-and-6 from his 45-yard line. Then, on third-and-1, Moreno burst up the middle for 5 yards with a minute left and the offensive linemen high-fived each other. All Manning had to do at that point was take a knee -- just like he did last year at the end of regulation after Jacoby Jones had hauled in Joe Flaccos 70-yard desperation throw with 31 seconds left to tie the game. In that game, coach John Fox ordered Manning to take a knee even though he had three timeouts left so he could take his chances in overtime. And the Broncos lost 38-35 in double overtime. Those boos were replaced by cheers in this game, the scowls by smiles. Allen finished with six catches for 142 yards as the Chargers lost for the first time in six weeks. The Broncos took a 14-0 halftime lead that could have easily been 21-0 if not for blunders by Decker, who tripped with no defender near him at the San Diego 30-yard line after a 47-yard punt return. Then, on third-and-goal from the 4, Manning hit him with a perfect pass as he cut across the back of the end zone, but it bounced off his chest and into the arms of linebacker Donald Butler with 30 seconds left. Manning threw up his arms in disbelief after his first red zone interception of the season -- following 39 red-zone TDs. Thomas also had a turnover, but it wasnt that costly as Novak slipped and his foot hit the ground on a 53-yard field goal try that was short and wide left. The Chargers were the only opponent to win in Denver all season, prevailing 27-20 exactly a month earlier when the Broncos were missing Welker (concussion) and went 2 for 9 on third down. Welker finished with six catches for 38 yards, although he dropped his first pass and also couldnt hold onto another 27-yarder at the goal line. Manning led a 14-play, 86-yard drive that chewed up 7 minutes on Denvers first drive. He capped it with a 2-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas, then hit Welker from 3 yards out in the second quarter to make it 14-0. This was the 109th meeting between the original AFL rivals but the first in the post-season. Russell Westbrook Jersey . -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted to keep Logan Mankins with the team for a long time. Enes Kanter Jersey . -- With the Memphis Grizzlies struggling to find their offensive rhythm, O. http://www.authenticthunderauthority.com...ersey-c-25/.com) - The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed recently-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. 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He has returned to his high-performing rugged self, potting scorchers seemingly for fun. All of this combined, its safe to say Wayne Rooney has dominated the headlines so far this season like no other Manchester United player in recent memory. Or just like George Best used to do after every operatic performance which occurred each Old Trafford Saturday afternoon back in them halcyon days of the 1970s. No, this is not an exercise in pole-vaulting Wayne Rooney into the exalted George Best-type comparisons - they simply dont exist. Well, not in the strictest of senses. Both did hone their crafts on the streets of the inner city neighbourhoods they hailed from. And as Rooney has threatened to walk out, Best actually did - and on more than one occasion. Then of course, their off the pitch extra-curricular activities do cross paths. Renowned for his marginal propensity to consume booze, Best graced a football pitch like no one before or after as he glided right on through the mistimed challenges of so very many of his opponents. Stand up Ron Chopper Harris and Norman Bite Yer Legs Hunter, especially. These challenges were not ever aimed at the ball, but the Belfast Boys ankles. Best was required to be more ballerina than a Rudolph Nureyev in his prime. Ahead of Saturday afternoons West Brom game, the last time the BPL champs were at home for a league game was a fortnight ago - a 2-0 victory against newly-promoted Crystal Palace. The three points were certainly welcomed by the 75,000-plus Manchester United faithful who had gathered at Old Trafford. Moreover, Sept. 14 was a highly poignant day for the elder generation especially. Exactly 50 years ago to the day, George Best made his Manchester United debut - a mere strap of a lad, just 17 years of age. This regal-type occasion was certainly not lost on Rooney as along with his teammates prior to the kick off against Palace, witnessed an homage to Best. As a personal encore, Rooney - very fittingly - scored Uniteds second goal. Best had been discovered by United scout Bob Bishop, who recommended the 16-year-old to United manager Matt Busby. There was no lengthy dossier required and power point presentations were two generations away. All it took to convince Busby was a mere seven (a fitting number, no?) words. I think Ive found you a genius, the telegram stated. Bishop wasnt exaggerating. Best eventually would go on to make close to 500 competitive appearances for United. In his sophomore season, the club captured their first title since the 1958 Munich air tragedy that decimated the club. Just a few short seasons later, Best followed that up in the showpiece 1968 European Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium. With a brilliant individuaal effort, Best scored the games winning goal and United secured English footballs very first European title.dddddddddddd Later that year, Best was anointed European Footballer of the Year. As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo captivate their audiences today, Best enthralled and entertained like no one else. Now 50 years on, he still very much reigns supreme in the hearts and minds of all United supporters. The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) – who speaks for hundreds of thousands of the clubs most dedicated supporters - were in the news earlier in the week as they successfully saw off any legal attempt to reverse the recent decision granted by the local Manchester council to deem Old Trafford a protected Community Asset. And MUST Vice Chairman Sean Bones counts amongst those fortunate enough to watch Best in his prime. Boness fondest recollection came during a game against that team who delivered Englands only World Cup triumph in 1966 - West Ham United Football Club. "One of the games I always remember was in the 1971/72 season when George scored a fabulous hat trick against West Ham at Old Trafford," Bones told TSN.ca by email. "George always created huge excitement and expectation when the ball arrived at his feet. In that game he was completely unplayable, even the great Bobby Moore couldnt get close enough to him to put in a tackle."Even as Jan. 4 of next year signifies the 40th anniversary of Best hanging his boots up on United, his legendary status still shines as beacon bright as it did in those swinging 1960s. "George Best means everything to Manchester United supporters," said Jones. "He was a pure genius on the football field - to see him play was literally like watching poetry in motion." As Rooney was seemingly agitated for a move all summer long (with United pushing back two official offers from Chelsea shortly after the transfer window slammed shut) and with a virtuoso two-goal performance during Uniteds Champions League debut, the former Everton striker reached the 200-goal plateau. He now sits in fourth place on the all-time Manchester United goal scoring list. Another 50 would see him surpass Sir Bobby Charlton at the top. David Moyes (not missing an opportunity to latch onto this as the club look to extend Rooneys contract past next July) commented immediately after he reached the lofty 200 club plateau, saying he could eventually go on to be mentioned in the same breath as Uniteds most illustrious and accomplished players. And by extension, alongside some of the worlds greats. Hows that for a carrot to contemplate? Not so fast. Even for Waynes Manchester United World. Invoking Peles endorsement of Best as the greatest ever, Bones cited that locally-held Mancunian expression which sums up poetically where Best sits amongst planet footballs all-time greats. "We have a saying here in Manchester," he said. "Pele Good, Maradona Better, George Best." You can reach and follow Noel Butler at:Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca@TheSoccerNoel TSN & TEAM Radio is your BPL home this season. Double Header Saturday Kicks Off with Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion, with the pre-game show at 9:30am et/6:30am pt. Its followed by Swansea vs. Arsenal at 12:30pm et/9:30am pt. NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Black Jerseys ' ' '