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ESPN: Brady Restructures Contract, Opens Up $24 Million for Pats

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK)-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has restructured his contract in order to open up $24 million in cash to spend this offseason, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reports Brady changed the $24 million in "skill" guarantee to only "injury." This means Brady would get the guaranteed money only if injured.

This change means that Brady could now be released at any time for performance issues, and he wouldn't be owed any money.

According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, Brady actually will get a $1 million annual raise in the three years left on his deal. He will now receive a base salary of $8 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016, and $10 million in 2017.

The Patriots (12-4) are the No.1 seed in the AFC Playoffs this season.

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Pro Bowl Rosters to Be Determined by Draft 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The Pro Bowl is undergoing many changes that go into effect beginning this season.

Instead of the original AFC-NFC format, the league decided to rule in favor of captains choosing 43 players per team regardless of their conference.

The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.

In addition to the draft, the NFL announced that kickoffs will be eliminated from the game as a safety measure.  The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line at the start of the game and after scoring plays, and a coin toss will decide which team gets the ball on the game's first possession.

The two Pro Bowl roster spots normally belonging to kick-return specialists will be eliminated and replaced with an additional spot for a defensive back.

The draft will be held Jan. 22 next year, and the Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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NFC Rocks AFC in Pro Bowl

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Another Pro Bowl filled with plenty of offense and little intrigue - but will it be the last one?

Victor Cruz caugh 10 passes and Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns to help the NFC bury the AFC, 62-35 in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Commissioner Roger Goodell threatened to stop playing the game if the quality of play did not improve in this year's version. Last year many of the players were booed for lack of effort.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph took home MVP honors for having 122 yards receiving, and thought the players did try this year. "Guys were competing, guys wanted to win and guys want to keep the game here," Rudolph said. "That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers."

The AFC got 205 yards passing from Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but only rushed for 15 yards in the loss. 

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Broncos Clobber Chiefs, Lock Up Top Seed

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and the Denver Broncos secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs by blasting the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3 on Sunday.

Manning, who came to the Broncos after undergoing multiple neck surgeries, finished 23 of 29 with 304 yards. He finished his first Denver season with over 4,000 yards passing and 37 touchdowns. 

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas each made one-handed touchdown catches for the Broncos (13-3), who have won 11 straight games.

Coach John Fox also won his 100th career game. "It's an accomplishment, but it's something that was a lot of people's work. It wasn't one guy," Fox said.

For the Chiefs (2-14), they finished up a woeful season and secured the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft. They managed only 119 yards of offense.

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NFL Preview: The Titans at Bills

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Buffalo Bills (3-3) will host the Tennessee Titans (2-4) on Sunday.  It’s a huge game for the Bills. Coming into the game they are tied with the Jets and Patriots in the AFC East for first.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick understands the importance of this game.

"To be here and also to have the other teams be 3-3 in the AFC East and everybody kind of nodded up, all of a sudden you start to look at as we've got ten games left to go," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick spoke about what he will have to watch out for come Sunday when the Titans defense lines up against him.

"Their front four," Fitzpatrick said is his biggest concern on Sunday.  "They don't to a lot of blitzing; those guys create a lot of pressure though."

Bills head coach Chan Gailey says even though they are three and three; they are right in the thick of things.

"You can't fall too far behind as we all know," said Gailey.  "You know that you're in charge of your own destiny, when you can be in charge of your own destiny, that's all you can ask for in this business."

Titans head coach Mike Munchak says his team will be ready.

"We're highly motivated," said Munchak.  "It's a huge game for both teams."

Kickoff is set for 1 PM Eastern.

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AFC Wins Pro Bowl Behind Marshall's 4 TD Grabs

Kent Nishimura/Getty Images(HONOLULU, HI) -- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall broke a Pro Bowl record yesterday by catching four touchdown passes, helping to lead the AFC to a 59-41 victory over the NFC.

The game marks the tenth time in thirteen years the combined score reached at least 59 points.

The 59 points scored by the AFC broke the Pro Bowl record.

For their victory, the AFC players each received $50,000. The NFC players received $25,000 to soften their defeat.

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Patriots Crush the Broncos

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Ma) -- The Patriots couldn't be stopped.  Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns, tying the NFL playoff game record, as the New England Patriots beat up the Denver Broncos 45-10.

The win breaks the Pats three game playoff losing streak.

"You loose a few playoff games and it's a very bitter way to end a season," Brady said after the game. "It sits on your mind for quite a long time. So for us to come out and play the way we did, have a very solid performance in the most important game of the year, is very gratifying."

The winner of Sunday's Ravens/Texans game will travel to New England next Sunday, for the right to play in the Super Bowl.

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Patriots Clinch #1 Seed in the AFC

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- The New England Patriots clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, when they beat the Buffalo Bills 49-21, on Sunday.

The win marks the second year in a row the Pats enter the playoffs as the top seed.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, isn’t too concerned with playoff seeding. 

"We've seen the No. 6 team win the Super Bowl. We've seen (a) first seed team win the Super Bowl," Belichick said. "What's more important than where you're seeded is how you play in the playoffs."

Belichick has good reason not to get too excited about clinching the number one seed. Last year, New England had the same seed only to be beaten in the second round by the Jets.


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Chargers Rout Jaguars, 38-14 on Monday Night

(San Diego Chargers/NFLJACKSONVILLE Fla.) -- The San Diego Chargers (5-7) got back in the win column on Monday night with a 38-14 victory over the Jaguars (3-9) on the road.

Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the rout.

His team sits two games back in the AFC West with four left to play. 

"We've won one out of the last seven," said Rivers. "There is four to go, we've been here before. We believe we can do it, so we're going to do our part and see if it's enough."

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