Sunday, December 28, 2003 - The Green Bay Packers lose their first game at the newly renovated Lambeau Field to the Minnesota Vikings 30-25 on Sept. 7.In Philly, they fretted. Did a plush, new stadium called "The Linc' knock the nasty out of those famously feisty fans? In Green Bay, they're cheesed. Has Lambeau Field's pretty face-lift warmed the frozen tundra, turning the Packers into fresh meat in their own park?
Best for Broncos: Bring on the birds - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - Denver's demolition of Indianapolis was not, contrary to this city's belief, entirely good. It bumped down Indianapolis to the AFC's No. 3 seed and nudged up Kansas City to the AFC's No. 2 seed. Now, there's no way the Broncos can open the playoffs against the Chiefs, the team they would most want to face next weekend. Denver draws a tougher game against any one of four other teams.
Putzier has to earn job - Denver Posts - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - I noticed Jeb Putzier was inactive for the Cleveland game. Is he really the answer when Shannon Sharpe hangs it up? I worry that the Broncos have let some good tight ends go in recent years, and Putzier was all the rage, but is he for real?
A side trip, then on to business - A side trip, then on to busine - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - On their way to perhaps Indianapolis and possibly history, the Broncos must make a pit stop in Green Bay. The Broncos will be playing the desperately-seeking-the-postseason Packers at 2:15 p.m., but Denver's biggest games of the day will kick off a good three hours before its own.
Prediction way off; end may be right - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - I picked perfect; they (frequently) played and coached imperfectly. And Jake Plummer was hurt for four games. Three defeats. In my ponderable world the Broncos would have finished the regular season 16-0.
Scouting report - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - The Broncos will keep Clinton Portis and right guard Daniel Neil on the sideline to allow their sore ankles to heal for the playoffs. Last Sunday, the Broncos shocked the Colts with 227 yards on the ground, including 136 by rookie Quentin Griffin. But that was indoors, on carpet. The frozen, and possibly snowy tundra at Lambeau Field won't yield that kind of production today.
Mission: Improbable awaiting Bronco - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - When the Broncos begin postseason play next weekend, they will attempt to do what no NFL team has done: win three consecutive road playoff games and then win the Super Bowl. Three wild-card teams - the 1980 Oakland Raiders, 1997 Broncos and 2000 Baltimore Ravens - won the Super Bowl. But each of those three teams opened the playoffs with a home victory before becoming road warriors.
Plummer excited about start of the postseason - Denver Post - Associated Press
Saturday, December 27, 2003 - Jake Plummer began the year cautiously optimistic about his first season with the Broncos. With a playoff spot wrapped up, the pressure that comes with being a quarterback in Denver has eased.
Spotlight & extra points - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - The Associated Press asks 50 NFL writers to vote on an all-pro team, and each of football's annual postseason awards.
Broncos likely to play Sunday - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - Look for the Broncos to play their wild-card game next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MST. The reasoning? ABC is broadcasting both wild-card games Saturday. Its top choice for the prime-time Saturday night game is the Dallas Cowboys. A potential Broncos-Colts game would be the weekend's next most attractive matchup, and ABC is not going to get its top two choices.
Gameday report - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, December 28, 2003 - Pssst! Yeah, you. Got a minute? Then we won't bother explaining the NFL's playoff scenarios. That's the problem with these kinds of things. It takes two weeks to explain all the scenarios. By the time you're finished, half the playoff games have been played. Suffice it to say the Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals and Ravens are fighting to make the playoffs, and they've got one more game to get there.
Broncos vs. Packers preview - Daily Camera
December 28, 2003 - The Broncos are coming off an impressive 31-17 victory over Indianapolis, which clinched the franchise's first postseason berth since the 2000 season.
Playoff-bound Broncos set for finale against Packers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 28, 2003 - Jimmy cracked corn and the Broncos don't ... Well, maybe they care a little. These are professional football players. But entering today's regular-season finale here, all signs point to a Denver defeat against Green Bay at legendary Lambeau Filed .
Packers don't get playoff help - Green Bay Post-Gazette
Posted Dec. 28, 2003 - The Packers playoff hopes are undecided heading into the final week of the regular season. If Green Bay keeps its end of the equation and defeats the Broncos, what is the least likely event to happen to help the Packers fate:
Notebook: Broncos don't have much to play for - Green Bay Post Gazette - Pete Dougherty
Posted Dec. 28, 2003 - There's no knowing how Packers quarterback Brett Favre feels today after an emotionally and physically taxing week in which he learned of his father's death, played against Oakland a day later, then traveled to Mississippi to bury his father. Lambeau Field likely will be bursting with support for Favre, but does he have much left to give?
How our writers see today's game - Green Bay Post Gazette - Mike Vandermause
Posted Dec. 28, 2003 - The Packers are out of the playoff hunt if they lose, while the Broncos already have secured a postseason berth. With motivational factors clearly in their favor, the Packers will win going away, and then hope they get some help.
Home at holidays is OK by Packers - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 27, 2003 - There's nothing like being home for the holidays. Just ask the Green Bay Packers. Since 1992, no NFL team has been more dominant at this time of year while entertaining guests from other cities.
Smith's streak probably is over - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 27, 2003 - While the Denver Broncos look to continue their four-game winning streak Sunday, another prominent streak likely will end in Green Bay. Since 1997, Rod Smith has put up six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Broncos' Lelie, Packers' Walker enjoy solid stretch runs - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 27, 2003 - The class of the 2002 running backs class - Clinton Portis - won't be on display Sunday in Green Bay. But fans will get a look at how two of the top receivers from that class stack up.
Playing with pain not new for Favre - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 27, 2003 - How did Brett Favre do that last Monday night? "I knew my dad would have wanted me to play," the great Green Bay Packers quarterback explained. "I love him so much, and I love this game. It has meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family. I didn't expect this kind of performance, but I know he was watching."
Packers' Favre back in practice - Daily Camera - Associated Press
December 27, 2003 - GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre returned to the Green Bay Packers on Friday, two days after his father's funeral, and the focus for himself as well as his teammates was squarely on football. Favre practiced for the first time since he led the Packers to a 41-7 victory at Oakland on Monday night, a day after his father died.
Favre has little time to prepare - Green Bay Post-Gazette - Pete Dougherty
Posted Dec. 27, 2003 - Brett Favre's exhausting week had him back at quarterback with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, trying to squeeze five or six days of game preparation into two days. Favre spent this week with family and friends in Mississippi, where on Wednesday they buried his father, Irvin, who died of a heart attack last Sunday.
Notebook: Broncos don't have much to play for - Green Bay Post Gazette - Pete Dougherty
Posted Dec. 27, 2003 - The Packers are preparing for Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer's bootleg-oriented passing game Sunday, though they don't know how long a look they'll get at him. The Broncos already have clinched a playoff spot and can do no better than one of the last two wild cards in the AFC, so they don't have much urgency to win Sunday.
Broncology: A Viewer's Guide to Numbers in Week 17 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 27, 2003 - With a playoff bid clinched, the Broncos can be assured that their statistical prowess will be rewarded with a chance at the postseason -- unlike last year, when the Broncos became the first team to have a combined offense/defense ranking of 9 or lower (No. 3 offense, No. 6 defense) to miss the playoffs in 21 years.
Mike Anderson Answers Your Christmas Week Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, December 26, 2003 - Having clinched a playoff berth with last week's win at Indianapolis, Mike Anderson finds himself in a spot he hasn't been in since his rookie year, on a club that's headed back to the playoffs. Anderson and rookie Quentin Griffin carried the load for Denver's offense last week as Clinton Portis missed action due to a sprained ankle. As Griffin broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time in his career, Anderson put up solid numbers as well carrying the ball 19 times for 56 yards along with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Broncos-Packers Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, December 26, 2003 - This weekend Denver heads to Green Bay to play the regular season finale at famed Lambeau Field. It's Denver's first trip to Green Bay since the 1996 season. The club has also wrapped up a playoff berth by virtue of it's win over Indianapolis last weekend, thus Clinton Portis and Dan Neil will not see any action to allow their ankles further rest for the upcoming playoff game.
Friday Notebook: Shanahan Hopes Fine Doesn't Affect Kennedy - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 26, 2003 - Kenoy Kennedy called it the "worst Christmas present" he'd ever received -- the FedEx envelope from the league containing the notice of a fine for his hit on Indianapolis Colts wideout Reggie Wayne during Denver's 31-17 victory last Sunday.
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