DENVER — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale.

He’s just saying it could be.

NFL Network cameras caught the exchange between Manning and New England Coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 win over the Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday.

When they embraced, Manning leaned in and told Belichick, “Hey listen, this might be my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure.”

Belichick responded, “You’re a great competitor …”

Neither spoke of their exchange afterward.


GROWTH HORMONE: The NFL says it is conducting a comprehensive review of allegations that Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house.

There’s no timetable to complete the investigation, but it’s not expected before the Super Bowl.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy says the inquiry, which began weeks ago, involves reviews of records, interviews and coordination with other agencies.

Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting that Manning’s wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the league. Manning, then with the Colts, was rehabbing from shoulder surgeries.

The intern, Charles Sly, has since recanted his story.

Manning angrily denied using performance-enhancing substances and called the report “complete garbage.”


SEAHAWKS: Police Chief Steve Mylett defended his department’s investigation into a car crash involving fullback Derrick Coleman, saying his confidence level is “rock solid” in the investigation and charging recommendations.

Mylett spoke a day after the police report in Coleman’s case was released and said he was particularly irritated by comments from Coleman’s attorney, Steve Hayne. Mylett said he understands the attorney is attempting to defend his client but crossed a line when he attacked the integrity of the police department and the investigation in Bellevue, Washington.

Among other things, Hayne said the 101-page report was intended to make Coleman look bad.

Police have recommended charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run against Coleman and forwarded the case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

JETS: Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson avoided jail time after pleading guilty to reduced charges connected to a high-speed police chase in suburban St. Louis.

GIANTS: Place-kicker Josh Brown and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are going to the Pro Bowl.


The Giants announced the honors, saying Brown and Rodgers-Cromartie were replacing a pair of injured New England Patriots.

Brown will replace Stephen Gostkowski and Rodgers-Cromartie takes over for Malcolm Butler. They will join teammates Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. in Sunday’s game in Honolulu.

BENGALS: Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was added to the Pro Bowl roster for the first time in his nine-year career.

Cedric Peerman also became an injury replacement on special teams, giving Cincinnati eight players in the game.

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