A few Broncos-related notes from Sunday's Pro Bowl, won 32-28 by Michael Irvin's squad:
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.
For the last month, the Denver Broncos just weren’t themselves.
Something wasn’t right. And as much as we didn’t want to talk about it, that something was Peyton Manning. Balls weren’t as accurate. Balls floated just a little more. Finally, the best decision maker in the history of the league was suddenly making poor choices.
It seemed like the Broncos went from AC/DC to Winger almost overnight.
As he had for the prior two months, Peyton Manning looked like a shell of his recent and former self, missing long passes all day long. He did throw one touchdown pass, but his Indy predecessor, Andrew Luck, threw two, and the Colts have earned a trip to Foxboro to take on the Patriots in the AFC title game.
Questions will swirl about Manning's future, and that of John Fox.
At several junctures, it looked as if the Ravens would knock off the Patriots in the playoffs at Foxboro for a third time. Instead, New England wiped out deficits of 14-0, 28-14, and 31-28 in an impressive 35-31 divisional round victory.
The winner of tomorrow's Broncos/Colts matchup will take on the Patriots for the AFC Championship next Sunday evening at 6:30pm.
There’s never a bad time to face the Oakland Raiders.
Looking for a win? Looking to get in (the playoffs)? Looking to send Mark Davis to the looney bin?
In every restroom wall from the Rockies to the horse pens of Oakland, it has been written, for a good time, and if you want to finish 12-4, call the Silver and Black.
Let’s not get too carried away, though. The Oakland Raiders aren’t in the playoffs. This Broncos team is beaten up, from quarterback to wide receiver to stable boy.
The victory clinches a first-round bye for the Broncos; on Sunday, January 11, at 4:40pm, they'll host the highest seeded remaining team among Cincy, Pittsburgh, and Indy in the divisional round. Tickets for the game will go on sale at 3pm Broncos Time on Monday.
As with Anderson's other three-score game, three weeks earlier against Buffalo, Peyton Manning was held without a touchdown pass.
The Denver Broncos need a BFF.
Is it the running game? Is it the passing game? It sure as hell isn’t their special teams or offensive line. Nothing seems to be working at this point.
Who will text them on the regular? OMG--who will calm their insecurities? Most importantly, who will stand with them when they have to travel to New England for the playoffs? That’s if they travel to New England for the playoffs.
Peyton Manning threw four interceptions, including a late pick-six, as Denver fell 37-28 (Game Book) at Cincinnati on Monday night, clinching the #1 seed for New England in the process. With the loss, Denver must now either beat Oakland next Sunday or have Pittsburgh knock off Cincy in the night game if they're to lock up the #2 seed and a first-round bye.
In a worst case scenario, a Denver loss and Cincy win would give the Bengals the #2 seed, dropping the Broncos into the #3 seed and force them to host a Wild Card game for the first time since the 2011 playoffs.
Sometimes even Batman has to throw up at halftime.
Perhaps, as Bruce Wayne, he ate a tainted Double Bacon 6Cheese™. Perhaps he couldn’t fit the Batmobile into the parking lot at Walgreens during flu shot week. Perhaps the thought of running the ball so much made him sick.
At the end of the day, it didn’t matter. The AFC West is the villain that always gets it in the end. The Jokers, the Riddlers, and the Penguins (or Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders, if you prefer) all go down.