Tim Tebow (15) is pressured by New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in an AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

PO Year In Review: Top 12 Broncos Stories in 2012

Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 34-12. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

One of my favorite posts of the year has to be the one that I do on the last day of every year. It was a theatrical year for the Denver Broncos which made our jobs here at PO fun beyond belief.

Here are PO’s top 12 stories of 2012 as measured by number of page views. Sit back, relax, and let’s reflect on the exciting year that was for the Broncos.

12. Peyton Manning Ribs Eric Dekcer for Hitting the Deck

The Broncos were falling into that 24-0 hole against the San Diego Chargers, and Decker would have had a touchdown free and clear if only he could have stayed on his feet. We can look back and laugh now, and that’s exactly what Manning did on the plane ride back to Denver.

11. Broncos Fan Watches Team while Fighting his own Battle

As Galen Batson fights a brain tumor, he pulls strength from the guys in orange and blue. In actuality, the Broncos could easily pull more strength from Galen.

10. Josh McDaniels Could Be Candidate in 2013 Head Coaching Search

Yes, you read that correctly. The same guy that led the Broncos to an 11-17 record in less than two seasons before being canned could be getting his second chance as a head coach in the NFL. Sound off now.

9. Presli Collins’s Memorable Date with Tim Tebow

Knock the guy all you want. When he brings a 10-year-old girl as his date to the Cartoon Network Hall of Game awards show, he shows his true character, and gives one girl a night she will never forget.

8. Understanding Tim Tebow’s Popularity

Taking a psychoanalytic approach to try and wrap our brains around Tebow Mania.

7. Denver Broncos’ Draft Grade

Most readers gave the Broncos a B. How would you grade them now?

6. Mile High Monday: Mock Draft 1.0

Chris Krier had the Broncos taking a defensive tackle with their first pick, but it wasn’t Derek Wolfe. Take a look at Krier’s mock draft and compare it to what actually went down.

5. Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots: Playoff Game Preview

It was the biggest game in years, and the Broncos were playing with house money. No one expected them to advance to the divisional round.

4. Broncos To Place Tebow on Trade Block

After the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, Tebow was immediately put on the market. That elicited polarizing responses around Broncos Country. I don’t think anyone is complaining now though.

3. Tim Tebow’s 316 Stuff of Legends

The Broncos just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, and Tebow’s popularity was at an all-time high, much to Merril Hoge’s dismay.

2. Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco!

What happened on March 19, 2012 will forever be etched in our minds. Manning was the biggest free agent on the market, and John Elway landed him as smooth as an F-16 pilot.

1. Von Miller Promoting Gatorade at Super Bowl XLVI 

Von Miller is one of the most explosive guys off the line, but he’s also a powerful Gatorade chugger. Watch the video to see for your own eyes.

Covering the Broncos in 2012 was memorable beyond words, so all I can say is thank you. Without you, our readers, this site wouldn’t survive. Good wishes to you and your loved ones for health and happiness throughout the coming year.

Happy 2013, Broncos Country!

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