Broncos Win By One


Someone please throw me a snuggie because I’m about to snuggle in for a long off season nap. I’m feeling pretty good about the Broncos’ quarterback situation heading into the 2011 season.

In today’s 24-23 win, Tim Tebow went 16-for-29 for 308 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. He also had 10 carries for 27 yards and 1 TD. Those stats aren’t anything to write home about, but he did help guide the Broncos to a much needed win. The last time the Broncos saw a win in Denver, the Rocky Mountain aspens still had some yellow leaves on their tips, the base of Vail didn’t have a speck of snow, and Josh McDaniels could still be seen along the sidelines. My, how things change.

The Broncos are now 4-11 which doesn’t place them any closer to the category of “respectable,” but it does give the team and its fans some hope for next year.

I wish I could say that I was at the game, but I was in a smoky bar in Dallas, Texas watching the game with my Cowboy-loving and Tebow-skeptical brothers. After some very hot BBQ wings and two Tebow touchdowns, I garnered up the courage to speak the good word and rave how Tebow was the future of the franchise.

Like much of the nation, the ears I was speaking to wasn’t convinced.

To give some credit to the Broncos’ defense, they did hold the Texans to just field goals from the beginning of the second quarter on. Arian Foster went off, but that’s to be expected. He leads the league in total rushing yards and has the most touchdown runs of any back in the league. He had 19 carries for 91 yards and 1 TD. The success for the Texans pretty much stopped there. Arian Foster was responsible for all of the Texans’ rushing yards while the Broncos had 126 of their own.

When the time came for one team to step up and take control, the Broncos bucked up and scored the final 14 points of the game to come up with a one point victory.

The IV line was infiltrated with epinephrine and the city of Denver just came alive in time to welcome in the New Year.

With essentially one meaningless game remaining, the Broncos still have a lot to prove – individuals have to prove that they deserve to keep their jobs and the team has to prove itself to the heart of the city. While a 4-11 team tries to tie the unraveled knot by winning the final two, the fanbase will wait and see what becomes of their beloved team.

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