Broncos News Blogs - Monday, Oct. 24

Reflections on Sunday's heartbreaking loss by the Denver Broncos in today's news reports.

Oh, brother! - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/24/2005 - East Rutherford, N.J. - Down in the dank, cemented bowels of Giants Stadium, cleat-protected behemoths could not disrupt the echoing silence. The Broncos slowly shuffled one-by-one into the visiting locker room. Some shook their heads. Most were expressionless. Everybody was stunned. How in the dang-blasted gene pool of Archie Manning did the Broncos lose this game? They had played so well for most of the game.

Eli's late show leaves 'em crying - Denver Post - Thomas George
10/24/2005 - East Rutherford, N.J. - You saw it. I saw it. The Broncos felt it. Maybe you did, too. The sting of losing leads of 3-0, 13-7, 13-10, 20-10, 23-10 and 23-17. The Broncos fell for it. Eli Manning lulled them to sleep, offering a nice, comfy pillow, a cozy blanket and a lullaby to boot. Then Manning and the New York Giants cranked up the music. Such rude hosts. He came alive. They came alive. Fourteen straight points. Game over. Streak over. We strode into Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon expecting a football game, and a Broadway extravaganza broke out. A new dance busted loose, a new slide - The Electric Eli. What a rush. What a fall.

Aggressive D-line not making sacks - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
10/24/2005 - East Rutherford, N.J. - There has been plenty of talk about how much the Broncos' defensive front has improved. But the Broncos have gone three consecutive games without a sack. They are tied with - get this - the Cleveland Browns for dead last in the NFL with eight sacks. The Broncos have four former Browns on their defensive front - Ebenezer Ekuban, Michael Myers, Courtney Brown and Gerard Warren. They also have Trevor Pryce back healthy. The Broncos' defensive front has received plenty of praise for its aggressive, furious play. The linemen have hurried the quarterback, deflected passes, drawn holding penalties.

Finish line tripping Broncos - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/24/2005 - East Rutherford, N.J. - Trying to figure out these Broncos? Here are the only numbers you need: They have scored virtually twice as many points - 123-63 - as their opponents in the first three quarters. In the fourth, they've been outscored 68-29. "We've got to stop that," Al Wilson said. "We have to have that seek-and-destroy mentality. We've got to have some dog about us. When we've got a team down, instead of kicking them, we've got to put them through the dirt, and we didn't get it done." Sunday's loss came on the heels of a 28-20 W over New England, in which the Broncos jumped out to a 28-3 lead, then held off the Patriots at the 11th hour.

Broncos are left at falter - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Denver Broncos touched the stove, ran with the scissors and threw the ball in the house one too many times. After shutting down last-ditch efforts by the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots in the final minutes of their previous two victories, good fortune finally stuck out its tongue at the Broncos' late-game ways. The New York Giants, having been pushed around for much of the game, went 83 yards on their last possession, scored with 5 seconds remaining and sent the Broncos home with a 24-23 loss at Giants Stadium.

Krieger: Time is now for Broncos to solve mystery - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the cramped visitors' locker room at the Meadowlands, Trevor Pryce sat immobile, staring into space. Beside him, Al Wilson did the same, as if catatonia is contagious. In the surprise of their last-second loss to the Giants, few of the Broncos wanted to talk about it, but they knew. After three weeks of last-second nail-biting, they knew, for better or worse, this is who they are. This is what happens when not making mistakes is more important than making plays.

Broncos take Giant step back - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Trevor Pryce is usually a go-to-guy in the postgame locker room. A vocal leader willing to let candid quotes fly, win or lose. But after the Denver Broncos' stunning 24-23 loss to the New York Giants here on Sunday, the defensive end sat in silence, slumped over on a folding chair with his face buried in his hands. No comment after this collapse. A week earlier, however, after the Broncos improved to 5-1 by stopping Tom Brady and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots' bid for a fourth-quarter comeback, Pryce summed up life in this league perfectly.

Thorburn: Collapse queries won't stop now - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A reporter from New York asked the question this time. Jake Plummer responded as if she were another gossip columnist trying to invade his privacy. "We are sick of hearing about the 5-1 collapses that everyone is bringing up," the Snake snapped. Then do something about it. Overall, Plummer managed Sunday's game pretty well. No turnovers for the fifth consecutive week. Spread the ball around effectively to the receivers, — even Ashley Lelie — tight ends and fullback Kyle Johnson for a 4-yard touchdown. But it wasn't enough for the Broncos to avoid turning a 5-1 start into 5-2 for the third consecutive season. And so inquiring minds still want to know: How are you guys going to avoid 10-6 and the RCA Dome?

Broncos-Giants Notebook - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As the evening chill began to arrive when the New York Giants drove to the game-winning touchdown, the heat in Giants Stadium cranked up to a higher level. But for a moment, cornerback Darrent Williams had to escape it. He began the day by forcing and recovering a fumble to set up Denver's first point. He finished it by occasionally being forced to sit down during the Giants' final, game-winning drive.

A Few Bad Breaks -
Monday, October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For 56 minutes and 31 seconds, the Denver Broncos had all the right moves. But a game is 60 minutes long, and the Giants needed only 3:24 seconds of clock to make everything the Broncos did during the majority of the game obsolete. Eli Manning found Amani Toomer in the middle of the end zone for the deciding touchdown in a 24-23 New York win. It was an unconventional ending to a very conventional game, especially for the Broncos offense. The unit extended its streak of turnover-free football to 20 straight quarters (ending with seconds remaining in the game when a lateral by wide receiver Charlie Adams on a kick return missed its mark).

Big Apple Blues - - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 24, 2005 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Trevor Pryce sat motionless at a stool in front of his locker, staring forward, hands cushioning his face, unable to even begin discussing what had just transpired. Jason Elam stood tall in the line of a fusillade of questions, all asking about the 49-yard field goal try that went wide right in the final quarter, a kick that turned his day from sweet to sour in an instant. Jake Plummer remained defiant, insisting that just because the once-5-1 Broncos lost their seventh game for a third consecutive year did not mean that a similar finish to this season was in the offing, because "we're sick of hearing about the 5-1 collapses that everybody keeps bringing up." Al Wilson lingered in the locker room, one of the final players to leave, taking his time dressing before finally being able to collect his thoughts with a few stray inquisitors who remained in the locker room nearly an hour

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