Today the Denver Broncos will be looking for more than just a win as they take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens at Invesco Field.
Today they will be seeking revenge, an emotion shared by both coaches and players for the better part of nine months now.
"We've thought about this game ever since the clock struck zero last year," said linebacker Ian Gold, referring to the Broncos 21-3 defeat suffered in last year's AFC Wild Card matchup on Dec. 31.
"Whenever you lose your last game of the season, it's going to stick with you the entire offseason. Let's just say, we've been looking forward to this one."
It's also revenge for the Denver offensive line, as they take another crack at what's considered to be one of the league's best defensive units, one that has not allowed a 100-yard rusher for the past thirty-nine consecutive games. In their last meeting the Broncos, playing without an injured Brian Griese, racked up only 177 yards total offense and crossed into Ravens' territory one time.
Today, all that will change, if Mike Shanahan has his way.
"To me, this is why you play the game, and this is why you coach the game, for these types of opportunities," Shanahan told the Denver Post. "You always take it as a personal challenge, especially when you're going against a team that's had the type of success that this team has had."
And the Ravens had their success, while Denver watched from the sidelines.
Sunday, the Broncos hope to reverse that position, with a little success, or should I say revenge, of their own. An opportunity to go 3-0 in the AFC West, remain undefeated at Invesco Field and dethrone the World Champions, all in one afternoon.
"It's just I don't like to lose," said wide receiver Rod Smith. "And the thing about losing with me, when I get an opportunity to right something that's been wronged before, I take it personal."
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