Broncos will play waiting game

The Broncos will have to wait until Sunday's games to determine where they will play the following week. In the meantime, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre returned home to attend his father's funeral and will rejoin his team later this week to prepare for Denver, which is a must-win game for the Packers. Read more in today's reports.

Surrendering to the run - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - Remarkably, even the best NFL teams will carry defensive baggage into the playoffs. But Denver exposed the hole in that premise Sunday in its win. Even after falling behind 7-0 early, the Broncos stuck with the run, which in turn ate up the clock and kept Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James et al. off the field.

First step toward Sanders - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - In some ways, it has been easy for Quentin Griffin to emulate Barry Sanders, his idol from the beginning of his football career. Besides sharing the same position - running back - the relatively diminutive size was a given similarity, as was a quiet, albeit mischievous personality.

Denver's brightest star - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 24, 2003 - Maybe it was the gaudy belt he donned or the blowout win he helped secure against the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. But when it comes to local professional athletes, Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis is the new king. At least according to a public opinion survey of 400 Colorado voters conducted Dec. 15-16 by Public Opinion Strategies.

Playoff possibilities - Rocky Mountain News
December 24, 2003 - Playoff possibilities

Favre makes sad trip to dad's funeral - Rocky Mountain News
December 24, 2003 - GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre went home to Mississippi on Tuesday, hours after playing one of his best games despite Sunday's death of his father. Green Bay coach Mike Sherman juggled his schedule so that he, too, could attend Irvin Favre's funeral today at St. Paul Catholic Church in Pass Christian, Miss.

Familiar foes await Denver in playoffs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos, no matter what happens this weekend, will begin the playoffs on the road. Where they play doesn't seem to concern them at this point.

Where to Go for the Playoffs? - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - For the Broncos, the hard part of the pre-playoff process is complete. They are in for the first time since 2000. So this year's Week 17 game-watching will lack the urgency of last year's, when the Broncos and their fans fretted over the updates coming in from Cleveland's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons ran small, slight Warrick Dunn at the goal line in the final moments, lost to the Browns, and thus consigned the Broncos to playing for mere pride against the Arizona Cardinals later that day.

Favre, Packers face a rough week - Green Bay Post Gazette - Pete Dougherty
Posted Dec. 24, 2003 - As difficult as this past weekend was for Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, this week probably will be tougher. Favre learned that his father, Irvin, had died of a heart attack Sunday evening, and the overwhelming and conflicting emotions he surely felt a day later, during his stunning performance against Oakland, were still so fresh that he might have been numb to them.

Lindsay Evered's Cheerleader Diary -- The Final Chapter - - Lindsay Evered
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - This has been conceivably the hardest diary entry for me to write yet. Words have been building in my mind for days, but now they are jumbled and messy. The season feels blurred and my stomach is cramped. A lump has been growing in the back of my throat - I've feared that I wouldn't want this day to ever end.

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