There’s a lot of emotion swirling inside any Broncos fan right now. A loss like this one feels raw, exhausting, and most of all, personal.
After all, we’ve been with this team for 19 games now. We’ve watched them set records, only to fall well short in the biggest game of the year.
But let’s face it, today was never meant to be the Broncos’ day. We need to accept that fact. The first play of the game was a self-induced safety. The first play of the second half was something I can only describe as completely bizarre.
But even without such alien abductions, the Seahawks were the better team.
Welcome to the Super Bowl, Denver. Today's limerick is a little different. That's because it's hard to be obscene when you're so damn giddy. So I went the inspirational route:
Who will put on this game their stamp
to complete the Broncos revamp?
Who will bring to this town
the Lombardi crown
so Pat can say THIS one's for Champ?
For one last time, this season: GO BRONCOS!
By now everyone has heard: Bill Belichick thinks Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in yesterday's game was one of the worst plays he's ever seen.
It's laughable of course. Many have pointed out that Julian Edelman's hit on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a series prior was actually more egregious. Watch the play and see for yourself. If anyone is going to get fined, it's Edelman, not Welker.
The boys over at Pro Football Focus just came out with their grades from yesterday's game, and the highest of any Bronco came from Terrance Knighton, who scored a deadly +5.6--territory generally reserved for DTs like Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh.
Knighton managed to best even Peyton Manning, who scored a +4.7, and Orlando Franklin, who graded out at +4.3.
And for those who wondered about Champ Bailey, he posted a grade of +2.6.
It's official. The Broncos will be facing the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
After watching the Seahawks beat the 49ers a few minutes ago, I can safely say: no big deal. There is no 12th man in New Jersey.
What will invariably be billed as the league's best defense versus Peyton Manning, will actually be a banged-up defense facing the best offense of all time.
The smile on Champ Bailey’s face said it all.
A grin as wide as his Hall of Fame career has been long.
And now, thanks to a little Peyton Manning pixie dust (via the legend John Elway), Bailey is going to play in his first Super Bowl and biggest game of his career.
Elway, for his part, did say he was going to restore greatness to the Broncos.
On the biggest game of the year, I couldn't help but state the obvious:
It's been fifteen years since we've seen
the AFC champs--that's obscene.
It ends on this day
with the Broncos' big play
and Tom Brady is missing his spleen.
While the 24-17 final score won't indicate it, this win was as good as a blowout.
The Chargers couldn't score until the fourth quarter; when they did, it took some pretty fluky stuff to get them into the game. Some garbage zone, blown coverages, and an onside kick later, the game narrowed.
But let's face it, the Chargers came into the game wanting to attack the edges on first and second down. The signing of Jeremy Mincey, which may turn out to be one of the best signings of the year, made this team stronger outside the tackles. And while you may not believe it, Nate Irving and Shaun Phillips both set the edge as well as Von Miller could have.
Well, it's finally here, Broncos fans--the day the Broncos purge their demons. Who better than Phil Rivers to bully?
There’s revenge in the air on this day,
and the Charger’s aren’t getting away.
So bring on Phil Rivers
who never delivers
when he’s on his ass on each play.
Now, take your best shot. It's ass kickin' time.
It's been said many times that quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are great because they can see things in the defense that others can't; that they have some innate ability that's just missing in quarterbacks like Tony Romo or Andy Dalton.
Of course, much of that is true. Manning can spot a leveraged linebacker a mile away, mostly because linebackers are stupid and often give away their intentions due to their aggressive nature. But that's beside the point, really. Each week, we have analysts break down the intricacies of Cover 1 vs. Cover 2, man-press coverage vs. zone, and everything in between.
But sometimes it's simpler than you think. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the weakest kid on the playground.