Happy Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more weeks of winter. What he says about the Super Bowl, we’ll never know.
That poses a question, however. If you could relive any Denver Broncos game over and over again like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, which game would you choose?
I would relive the 2011 playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, it’s the win sitting at the surface of the memory bank, but it’s nothing like I’ve experienced before.
Heading into the game, most fans conceded, “the Broncos aren’t supposed to be in the playoffs anyway this year.”
Walking into the stadium, yellow and black adorned the tailgating scene and Mile High Magic orange towels tried to outshine the terrible towels.
It was a gorgeous January day and everyone was in high spirits. The game remained close throughout with the Broncos leading 23-13 to begin the fourth quarter. No one saw that score coming. The Steelers made a fourth quarter come back of their own to tie the game 23-23.
Of course as they say, the rest is history. Eleven second history. That’s the amount of time that it took for the Broncos to win it on overtime. Tim Tebow’s 80-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime put Mile High on hydraulics.
I went down to the field with four minutes left in regulation. I was standing near the tunnel that Thomas and teammates celebrated in after the game winning score. I had players hugging me, Champ Bailey crying right in front of me, and camera crews swarming by me like bees.
The energy in that stadium was indescribable. Just one year prior, the Broncos were walking off the field with a 4-12 record. This year, they ran off the field with a date to meet the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.
While I can’t relive that game over and over, the Broncos can relive success over and over. They developed the blueprint in 2011. It’s up to them to carry out the plan of action in the future.
What about you? Which Broncos game would you like to relive over and over?