It’s always good to remember the past, but not live in it. This applies to the Denver Broncos who enter the playoffs on a three game losing skid. While the Broncos got into postseason play due to a Raiders loss, the Broncos aren’t analyzing their fortune too much.
It’s a ‘win out’ philosophy in the Broncos locker room. They’re in and that’s all that matters.
“At the end of the day, we made it. We’re in. It’s over now, and we’ve got a big game coming up this weekend,” Willis McGahee said.
The Broncos will host the 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MST. The last playoff game that the Broncos played in, they ironically lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game 27-13 in 2005.
“They are a good tournament team every year,” Champ Bailey said. “We definitely have to bring our ‘A’ game. We’ll look at the tape and see what they’re doing well, and what they’re doing bad, and just prepare our butts off for this game.”
The reason why the Broncos host a team with a better record than they have is because the Baltimore Ravens took first place in the AFC North, thus making the Steelers a Wild Card team.
For a lot of these players, the NFL playoffs are brand new. Many Broncos players have played in huge Bowl games in college, but for some of these guys, it’s been a while since they’ve played in a one-and-done type of game.
“I’m just going to take it all in,” Elvis Dumervil said. You never know what’s going to happen when you get to the playoffs. That’s what I was told, so this weekend will be my first experience.”
Part of the reason why the Broncos are in the playoffs right now is because the Chargers gift-wrapped the Broncos a win by beating the Raiders 38-26. It didn’t matter how the playoff berth happened, the Broncos are looking nowhere but forward.
“It doesn’t matter how we got in because everybody got in,” David Bruton said. “Everyone is on an even playing field. Everyone is 0-0. Let’s see who can go the farthest.”
Get your popcorn ready, folks. Next week’s game is the biggest one to date.