December 31, 2003 - The wild scene unfolded as if a Super Bowl victory had been secured. Players playfully tackled one another. Coaches hugged. But this was Arizona, and these were Cardinals, so that couldn't be the case.
Indy fans prepared for the worst - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
December 31, 2003 - Troubles, troubles, troubles . . . Forget about euphoria. Or even quiet confidence. High anxiety is the prevailing emotion among Indianapolis Colts fans as they brace for Sunday's AFC wild-card game at the RCA Dome against the Denver Broncos.
Sunday win sends Denver to New England - Rocky Mountain News
December 31, 2003 - Things won't get any easier for the Denver Broncos if they win at Indianapolis on Sunday. A victory against the Colts would send the Broncos to New England on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Broncos-Packers game the week's top TV draw - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
December 31, 2003 - As an NFL football game, the Denver-Green Bay contest Sunday was anything but a classic stem-winder. But as a nationwide television attraction, it was a big winner - the highest-rated network program for the week of Dec. 22-28.
Broncos confident behind Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 31, 200 - The Denver Broncos haven't been to the playoffs in three years, so it's only natural to try and compare this group to the 2000 squad. "I don't even remember the year 2000," said Trevor Pryce, who started in the Pro Bowl that year after leading his team with 12 sacks. "So I don't know what you're talking about."
Colts trying to change playoff hex - Daily Camera - Associated Press
December 31, 2003 - The Indianapolis Colts want to forget their painful past. They have lost five straight playoff games since 1995 and haven't won a home playoff game since the 1970 season.
Simple scheme creates Coyer's tough defense - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - The defensive coordinator for the Broncos is not some white-haired, pipe-smoking deep thinker. Or is he? Larry Coyer will tell you he's not smart enough to outthink anybody - least of all Peyton Manning, the cerebral quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Broncos face Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.
N.E. prep brief if Denver advances - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - The NFL released its divisional playoff schedule Tuesday, and it had to make the Broncos both excited and tired just looking at it. Should the Broncos beat the Colts on Sunday, their reward would be a trip to New England a mere five days later for a Jan. 10 6:15 p.m game against the Patriots.
Colts stretch D, then they attack - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 31, 2003 - The toughest part of igniting the Indianapolis Colts' signature play on offense is getting in position to light it. That's quarterback Peyton Manning, sprinting to his right or left, straining to get the football into the hands of running back Edgerrin James on the "stretch play." What is this, a relay race?
They're true blue - Indianapolis Star - Rob Schneider
December 31, 2003 - It's a day to step it up a notch, get "loud and proud" and dress up in blue. Colts blue, that is. Mayor Bart Peterson has declared this Friday "Believe in Blue Friday" to support the Indianapolis Colts as they head toward their Sunday playoff showdown against the Denver Broncos.
A Difficult Rematch: Broncos Know Repeating Will Be Tough - DenverBroncos.com- Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - It has been 10 years since the Broncos faced a postseason game against a team with which they dueled in the previous two weeks. That time, matters didn't work out in the Broncos' favor in their twin games against the Los Angeles Raiders. The team traveled to the Los Angeles Coliseum in the final week of the 1993 regular season with a chance to seal a home game for the playoffs, but fell 33-30 in overtime. Seven days later, the Broncos returned to the Coliseum and were outscored 21-3 in the second half, falling 42-24.
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