Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - It was early in the second quarter of a scoreless playoff game and the defending champions were digging in. atum Bell chewed up 8 yards on first down from the Patriots 12 but managed only 1 more on second down. A Jake Plummer sneak gained nothing on third.
Secret out in open - Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - When the sun peeked over the horizon Monday morning, it certainly was a new day for the Denver Broncos. They entered Sunday as just the Broncos. The AFC West champions, 14 wins and still comfortably on football America's back burner in the playoffs. Then they entered Monday as the Broncos, Super Bowl favorites. Oh, what a difference a day and one shanked field-goal attempt can make.
Warren gives another heads-up - Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - It's "Big Money" and "Big Ben" - again. Denver Broncos defensive tackle Gerard Warren and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will reacquaint themselves Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, 14 months after Warren made controversial comments while he was with the Cleveland Browns.
A tale of two cities - Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - One is a Western city that in recent years shed its cow- town image as it gained white-collar jobs at the same time it was bringing in two new sports teams and revitalizing its downtown. The other is an Eastern city that in recent years shed its rust-belt image as it lost blue-collar jobs at the same time it was rebuilding its economy with high-tech and medical industries. Denver and Pittsburgh.
Switch saved day for Broncos - Denver Post
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - Courtside basketball observers have heard it before. Switch! Defensive signals weren't so audible Saturday night amid the din at Invesco Field at Mile High, but as it turns out, the good old basketball-switch maneuver, discussed on the fly, set up the Broncos' play of the year.
Champ preaches quiet confidence - Denver Post
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - Seven seasons ago when Champ Bailey was in the Washington Redskins' locker room, he found a nook and settled there. To hear Bailey, to even get to him during his early Redskins seasons, you had to wade through bigger figures and louder mouths. Deion Sanders sucked the oxygen out of the place.
Stopping run way to play - Denver Post
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - On the third Monday of January, safety John Lynch harkened back to the Broncos' first training camp team meeting nearly six months ago. Hundreds of meetings and practice days later, Lynch still remembers the simple words of coach Mike Shanahan in a message to the defense: Forget about the yardage. Yards don't beat teams. Points do. Keep the team out of the end zone and force turnovers. Forget the yards?
Fullback taking on full plate - Denver Post
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - On the team that salutes its touchdown makers, he is something of an unknown soldier. He is the fourth-leading scorer on the Broncos, but when he scores a touchdown, the first thing the guy in the Jake Plummer jersey asks his buddy is, "Who's No. 39?"
Playoff upsets end march to NFL history - Denver Post
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - As the 2005 regular season entered its final weeks, amid all the scrambling for playoff berths and the scratching and clawing for favorable seedings, an interesting scenario began to emerge. It seemed not only possible, but quite likely, that Super Bowl XL would mark the first time an African-American head coach would lead a team into the NFL's biggest game.
Broncos bucking plenty of experts - Milwaukee Journal
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - If you want to root for a National Football League team to win Super Bowl XL based on the number of informed pre-season prognosticators it would embarrass, then the Denver Broncos should be your choice.
With Colts Gone, the Broncos Shed Their Anonymity - New York Times
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 - The Denver Broncos' path from afterthought to Super Bowl favorite took seven years and one weekend.There might not have been a more anonymous 13-3 team than the Broncos. They had been working to the side of the main stage, up against the Rocky Mountains, quietly winning every game in their forgotten time zone and most of their games elsewhere. They lurked in the shadow of the Indianapolis Colts, then became lost in the blinding glare surrounding the New England Patriots.
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