Hall return still haunts Broncos

As the game with the Kansas City Chiefs approaches, the Broncos are still haunted by memory of Dante Hall's 97 yard game winning punt return in the first meeting of the two team. Now they must face him again, but what will the strategy be? Read more in today's reports.

Survival is Chief goal for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 6, 2003 - Not since Don Henley and the Eagles rocked the house has Invesco Field at Mile High staged a show as big as this one. Forget the September Monday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders.

Adams: Invesco magic missing, and so is foes' fear - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 6, 2003 - Will Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs produce a magic moment that fans who attend games at Invesco Field at Mile High have not yet experienced? What can be considered as a magic moment? A play that leads to a win, a play that remains etched in the mind of the fans, players and coaches for a long, long time. Over the years, there were plenty of magic moments at the old Mile High Stadium.

Lincicome: If not for the records, Shanahan bests Vermeil's genius - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 6, 2003 - Honestly, for my purposes, Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil is considerably better than Mike Shanahan, that is as an interesting person who will, unprompted, puddle into tears or choke a metaphor to death. This any columnist values highly, more so than the stern, clipped, bothered creature that is Shanahan.

Healing Mobley chafes on sideline - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 6, 2003 - The loud cheer at the end of Friday's practice was for a guy who wishes more than anyone that he could be playing Sunday. "This is one game I would love to suit up for," said Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley, who made his first visit to a team practice since suffering a season-ending spinal cord injury Oct. 26 against Baltimore.

Gold rushes through post-surgery rehab goals - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 6, 2003 - Ian Gold's recovery from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament isn't just proceeding in textbook fashion, it's the abridged version. The Denver Broncos linebacker, known for his speed on the field, is displaying similar qualities during his rehabilitation.

AFC playoff picture - Rocky Mountain News
December 6, 2003 - Eight teams are competing for six playoff spots in the AFC. Four division winners and two wild-card teams will qualify for the postseason.

Hall drawing attention - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 6, 2003 - When Denver and Kansas City played on Oct. 5, the national spotlight was on Dante Hall. And the Chiefs' special teams superstar delivered a 93-yard punt return in the fourth quarter for a 24-23 victory over the Broncos.

Week 14 NFL previews - Daily Camera - Lonnie White, Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2003 - Week 14 NFL previews

Shields on verge of setting team record for career starts - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Sat, Dec. 06, 2003 - Chiefs fans have many reasons to forget the game in Houston on Sept. 12, 1993. The visitors were blasted by the Oilers 30-0. They were able to salvage something from that otherwise regrettable day. Rookie guard Will Shields made his first start, replacing the injured Dave Szott.

Special teams woes - Kansas City Star
Sat, Dec. 06, 2003 - Injuries to Monty Beisel and Quinton Caver have led to a shuffling on special teams, particularly the kick and punt coverage teams. "To have Monty Beisel and Quinton Caver out is going to be tough on our special teams," coach Dick Vermeil said. "Some other guys are going to have to step up." The Chiefs had their worst day of covering kicks last week against San Diego when Leon Johnson had returns of 53 and 50 yards. Missed tackles by Beisel and Fred Jones allowed Johnson to get rolling on both returns.

Chief faces charges - Kansas City Star - Jim Barcus
Sat, Dec. 06, 2003 - The Chiefs voiced their support for running back Larry Johnson on Friday after domestic violence charges were filed against him. Johnson, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick this year, was arrested early Friday at his south Leawood home. He is accused of slapping his girlfriend in the face and threatening her with a handgun during an argument at his home.

Dealing With Dante - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 6, 2003 - In the grim pall of the Broncos' locker room following the 24-23 defeat at Kansas City two months ago, the team's special teamers were stunned into near-silence. Some, like Chris Cole, were barely audible as they spoke at whisper level, reliving the backbreaking 93-yard punt return by Dante Hall that put the Chiefs in front to stay.

Broncology: The Disparity of Rankings and Record - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 5, 2003 - The Chiefs are the only winning team in the bottom 25 percent of the league in rushing defense. It wasn't always the case; they opened the season allowing 64 yards on the ground to the San Diego Chargers and 60 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the past three games, though, the Chiefs have yielded 200, 166 and 159 yards on the ground. Since Week 4, teams have averaged 155.4 rushing yards against the Chiefs.

Broncos-Chiefs Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, December 5, 2003 - When Denver and Kansas City square off this Sunday, much will be at stake. The Chiefs can clinch their first division title since 1997 with a win or tie while the Broncos have to win to have a reasonable shot at the playoffs. That said, this is still an AFC West battle where the events of past games just ratchet up the excitement.

The Spokesman - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Friday, December 5, 2003 - Back in the far corner of the Broncos locker room, a group of gridiron warriors prepare in anonymity for the physically demanding task that awaits them. These are the men that battle in the trenches every Sunday for 60 minutes, enduring hand-to-hand combat with 300-pound opponents, and receive very little praise for their efforts.

Friday Notebook: Cole to IR; Mobley Visits Practice - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 5, 2003 - Chris Cole's season will end a few weeks early. Following Friday afternoon's practice, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that the fourth-year wide receiver will be placed on injured reserve because of injuries to his AC joint and ribs, which he incurred in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. That means that Cole will end his season on IR for the second consecutive year; he missed all of last year due to torn ligaments in his wrist.

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