Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - The Denver Broncos did everything short of waving Terrible Towels on Sunday. It wasn't because they particularly wanted a piece of the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers, but the implication on home field in the next round of the playoffs inspired passion.
Lincicome: Broncos - Steelers aren't the chosen ones - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Well, well. Imagine that. The ugly stepsisters get to play for the Super Bowl.
Legwold: Many Broncos players have their coach to thank - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - A quick handshake. A hushed word or two. And with that, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan left punter Todd Sauerbrun's locker and moved on down the line.
After dust settles, it's just a game - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson believes that scoreless first quarter in Saturday night's 27-13 win against the New England Patriots could end up helping the Broncos all around as they play for a Super Bowl spot Sunday.
Broncos now Super Bowl favorites - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Meet the new favorites to win the Super Bowl: the Denver Broncos. After putting in an impressive performance to knock out New England, the Broncos sat home Sunday and watched Pittsburgh upset Indianapolis, the previous odds-on favorite to win it all.
Broncos tickets devoured in blitz - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - The Denver Broncos are in the AFC championship game Sunday against those Steelers, and about 2,000 rabid fans seeking tickets came to the south steps of Invesco Field at Mile High for a chance to buy one, or six.
Elam played heroes role in '03 meeting - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Jake Plummer's biggest NFL game will be against a team the Broncos beat without him. In the most recent game between Denver and Pittsburgh - which will meet in the AFC championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High - the Broncos won 17-14 at home on Oct. 12, 2003, in a game decided by a 47-yard field goal by Jason Elam as time expired.
Kiszla: Shanny one win from Hall - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Nothing against Detroit, its potholes or gray skies. But if not for the Super Bowl, nobody has any business visiting there in the dead of winter. With one more victory, however, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan earns a trip to a far better place: Canton, Ohio.
Broncos stay home - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - This is for the hard-working maintenance crew at Invesco Field at Mile High. Chop, chop. It's not like there's a whole year before the place has to be cleaned up.
Steeler's roller coaster season headed to Denver- Pittsburgh Post - Gazette
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - In the final, frenetic 80 seconds, both the emotions and the football went back and forth and back and forth again, flipping sides and causing skipped heartbeats.
Unusual Dynasty Meets Unusual End, or Does It? - New York Times
Monday, Jan. 16. 2006 - Theirs was always an unusual dynasty. It began without warning, with a former sixth-round draft pick at quarterback and the loosest defense to win a Super Bowl.
There's no place like home - Daily Camera
January 16, 2006 — There were some "Terrible Towels" waving in the Mile High City on Sunday, including one in Nick Ferguson's living room. Most of the Broncos stayed politically correct after Saturday night's 27-13 victory over New England in the divisional round of the playoffs, saying with straight faces that the opponent in the AFC Championship didn't matter to them. But the starting safety admitted that a trip to the RCA Dome for the third consecutive season wasn't something the team was looking forward to. Not because the 2005 Broncos were afraid of Indianapolis, but there's just no place like home.
Shanahan, Cowher: In It for the Long Haul - DenverBroncos.com
Monday, January 16, 2006 - If there's one value that the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers share and extol so admirably, it's the teams' stability on the sidelines. Their coaches have two of three longest tenures in the league with their current club. Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher has been with his team for 14 seasons, while Mike Shanahan is in his 11th as the Broncos' sideline boss. The only other coach with as much experience in his current team is Tennessee's Jeff Fisher, who took over the then-Houston Oilers during through the 1994 season. In fact, in the last quarter-century, no teams in existence for that entire time have had fewer head coaches than the Steelers and Broncos. Pittsburgh, of course, had Hall of Famer Chuck Noll, who endured from 1969 through 1991, steering the franchise through its early-1970s rebuilding, mid-to-late 1970s dominance and 1980s competitiveness, when it absorbed the loss of a plethora of stars and still finished .500 or better in eight of 11 seasons from 1980-90.
Thorburn: Offseason moves pay dividends - Daily Camera
January 15, 2006 — Mike Shanahan didn't get a single vote in the final balloting for the coach of the year award in the NFL. It doesn't count for much, but we'll give the artist formerly known as the Mastermind a nod for best executive vice president of football operations/head coach in 2005. And overdue kudos to general manager Ted Sundquist, director of pro personnel Rick Smith, director of college scouting Jim Goodman and the rest of the Denver Broncos braintrust. On Saturday night, all of the organization's boldest moves paid off in a big way during the jackpot that was a 27-13 victory over the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at Invesco Field. The Broncos' first playoff victory since John Elway retired will give Shanahan a chance to make all of his wildest preseason dreams come true with a win in the AFC Championship a week from today.
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