Not many so-called "experts" expected the Broncos to defeat the defending Super Bowl-Champion Patriots. Peyton Manning is washed up, we heard over and over.
The mighty Patriots ought to roll into Sports Authority Field at Mile High and dominate the inferior Broncos.
Vegas favored New England. This mountain of doubt pointed at Denver only fueled the Broncos. It was the catalyst that saw them abuse Tom Brady like he's never been before.
“Yeah, we definitely were angry," Chris Harris, Jr. said. "Everybody said we couldn’t cover so we wanted to come out and prove that we could. They still made a couple of plays, but at the end of the day they only had 18 points.”
Remember the 2013-14 AFC Championship when the Broncos defeated the Patriots to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII? The excuses were built in for the Patriots dropping that loss.
So were the Broncos. Let us not forget, Von Miller, Chris Harris, Jr., Derek Wolfe and multiple other starters, missed that game as well. The Broncos still pulled out the win and advanced to the Super Bowl minus nine total starters on both sides of the ball.
Denver beat New England fair and square back then and they did it again on Sunday. For now, Broncos Country can sleep well at night, knowing that Tom Brady is 2-7 all-time vs. the Broncos in Denver.
Peyton Manning might be on the losing end of the total head-to-head record between he and Brady, but in the biggest games, the AFC Championship, Manning is 3-1 against his biggest adversary.
And when you read articles like this out of Boston, you can't help but smile. Let them and the rest of the world continue to sleep on the Broncos. Let them continue to disrespect them.
That energy has served the Broncos well this postseason.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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