There are just 11 Broncos players who have played in an NFL playoff game before. That pales in comparison to the Steelers’ 40. Ben Roethlisberger and many of his teammates have already played in three Super Bowls having won two.
The nerves in the Broncos’ team hotel will be riding a little high tonight.
“This is the biggest game of my life,” Robert Ayers said. “That’s how I’m going to approach it. I want to lay it on the line because it’s all or nothing. You win or you go home. I don’t want to go home.”
The team had the second youngest offensive line in the league this year, and they were protecting a second year quarterback in Tim Tebow who was in turn throwing to two second year receivers. The Broncos’ secondary has one rookie safety in Quinton Carter and two backups that are also first year players. (Chris Harris and Rahim Moore).
It’s no wonder that the Broncos are the 9-point underdogs.
However, that doesn’t mean that these young guys are inexperienced. The Broncos rookies ranked 2nd in the NFL in combined starts (56) and 3rd in total games played (114) during the 2011 season.
They may be young, but at this point they have to play like experienced players come Sunday.