Posted by JJ2391 on the Broncos Hardcore Message Board.
It was getting dicey. The heavy punching back in my football den was about to be assaulted with fury as I sought to burn off the nervous energy that accompanied the 14 unanswered third-quarter Eagles points. There was a palpable sense of inevitability that once again, the Broncos would find a way to make winning much more difficult than it had looked in the early going.
But then, just like a switch got flipped, the team was ignited, and played by far the most impressive fourth quarter since our last championship year. The spark-plug igniter that caused this combustion was none other than Domonique Foxworth, called upon to take the place of an ailing Champ Bailey, and asked to cover arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL.
Foxworth's interception at the goal-line was the kind of play that changes a contender to a champion. The defense had been torched in the 3rd quarter, and the seed of doubt was starting once again to take root in the minds of the fans, and the players. Instead of collapsing, the defense mustered up enough gusto to pressure and sack Donovan McNabb, to hurry him into missing wide receivers, and to ultimately throw the interception.
Success often is contageous, and the offense, which fell asleep in the third quarter, was awakened and again dominated the Eagles defense in the final stanza.
Give credit to Jake Plummer, who has played flawlessly the last several games, and is making better decisions with the football than ever before. Some passes could have been a little more on-target, but at least he is not forcing the ball.
This was the perfect way to go into the bye week. Hopefully Champ Bailey will have time to completely mend his hammy. But Foxworth and Darrent Williams are proving to be the co-rookies of the year. The clutch plays in key moments have been a key to our wins this year.
Many kudos to Kyle Johnson, who was a blocking machine yesterday, and to the O-line who have quietly become the best line in the league.
Now...two weeks for Shanahan to game-plan for the Raiders. Here is to coming back in two weeks with another W!
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