The Broncos looked more suited to stand behind a lemonade stand with their yellow mustard jerseys and stripped socks rather than take on the New England Patriots. Bottom line is the Broncos played better than they looked. 5-0 has become a reality and the count stands at Mc-Kid – 1, Yoda- 0. It was such a hard fought game that really came down to the players (and some luck from the coin toss) rather than the coaches. You can talk X’s and O’s all you want, but what it boils down to is making up for your mistakes at the end of the game. That’s been the theme this year from the first game’s “Immaculate Deflection” to holding the Patriots scoreless in the second half. A team that recovers quickly from dumb special teams penalties and turnovers can still win the game. The Broncos gave New England the ball back twice on 4th down punts thanks to penalties during the kick. They were playing Russian roulette giving Tom Brady’s led offense a second and third chance to do what they do best – find the endzone. The defense defended their ground though with a Patriot-like mentality to give Kyle Orton and his disciples another chance.
With Correll Buckhalter out, Josh McDaniels literally put the weight of the Broncos on Orton’s shoulders. He went 35 for 48, 330 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. 48 pass attempts! One would be led to believe that it was Drew Brees disguised in an Orton jersey since Brees has the week off. Once again, Brandon Marshall got across the goal line at a critical time in the 4th quarter to tie the game and force overtime. Matt Prater, who missed a field goal in the first half, won the game on a kick from 41 yards that sent Josh McDaniels careening down the sideline, pumping his fists in the air, signaling to his family that Denver truly feels like home. So long, New England. Maybe we’ll see you in the post season.
Here’s another virtual toast to our team, the Denver Broncos. Cheers!
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