Monday, November 25, 2002 - The Denver Broncos cannot win at night, under the lights, in the snow, in orange jerseys or in overtime.
Home-field advantage? Not in this day and age - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, November 25, 2002 - The lights are on at the stadium, but nobody's home anymore. The Broncos, like Russia, used to have the most authoritarian advantage at home. Now they're simply homely.
Griese, Sharpe brace for some good news - Denver Post
Monday, November 25, 2002 - Two Denver Broncos are bracing for the week ahead, and the determination about whether they will be available for Sunday's showdown in San Diego.
Denver defense not what we expected - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, November 25, 2002 - The ending left the Broncos cold. The 51-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt that gave Indianapolis a stunning 23-20 overtime win against Denver hurt like a kick to a gut.
'Bad decision' mars Beuerlein's big day - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, November 25, 2002 - It was supposed to be the feel-good story of the Denver Broncos' season. Quarterback Steve Beuerlein, at age 37 and nearly two years from his first NFL start, was getting his chance to drive the Broncos' offense. With starter Brian Griese out with a sprained knee, it was Beuerlein's chance to shine.
Broncos losing home-field edge - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, November 25, 2002 - Like Mike Shanahan said, "The pressure is really on." Now the Broncos have to try to do something they've never been able to do in their history: get to the Super Bowl with three home losses.
No cold feet for Colts kicker Vanderjagt - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Monday, November 25, 2002 - If long-snapper Justin Snow wasn't in his element, Indianapolis place-kicker Mike Vanderjagt surely was.
Case of cold feet - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 25, 2002 - The Denver Broncos thought they had found the perfect tonic for their prime-time blues. They mixed a splash of orange with a little ice.
Manning shines in the snow - Rocky Mountain News - Brad Byler
November 25, 2002 - Prime time this season had been like a stone in Peyton Manning's cleat that he couldn't shake out until Sunday night's 23-20 overtime victory against the Denver Broncos.
Broncos defense bent, bent, bent - finally broke - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
November 25, 2002 - For three quarters and most of the fourth, the play of the Broncos' defense was a classic example of the "bend-but-don't-break" strategy.
Krieger: Blame Manning's playmaking, not Beuerlein, for loss - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 25, 2002 - All you had to do was watch Mike Vanderjagt, the Jason Elam of the new millennium. When he hit the first one, the 54-yarder through the snow with 3 seconds left, he ran toward the Indianapolis Colts' sideline, then curled and sprinted to his own 10-yard line, waiting for everyone to see what he had known from the moment it cleared the line.
Lincicome: Shanahan's decision proves fatal for the Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
November 25, 2002 - Tails. Broncos lose. The call of the night was the overtime coin flip, giving Indianapolis the football in overtime, the Denver Broncos defense a challenge and Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt a chance to make another 50-plus yard field goal.
Vanderjagt kicks Broncos twice - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 25, 2002 - The Broncos' usually perfect placekicker needed six inches. His Colts counterpart needed 105 yards. This being the 2002 NFL odessey, Indianapolis got what it needed and edged Denver 23-20 in overtime on Sunday night at Invesco Field.
Thorburn: Griese seems to save best for Raiders - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 11, 2002 - There are many reasons why Mike Shanahan selected and stuck with Brian Griese as his quarterback in the post-John Elway era. Griese is smarter than most coaches. His genes will always be in football fashion. And when he's healthy and surrounded by talent, he's about as good as it gets sans No. 7.
Woelk: Save some blame for Mastermind - Daily Camera - Neill Woelk
November 25, 2002 - OK, so maybe Steve Beuerlein isn't the Denver Broncos' savior. But in a National Football League mired in a morass of mediocrity, it shouldn't matter who is at the controls of the Broncos' offense. Anyone should be sufficient.
Beuerlein laments costly interception - Daily Camera - Neill Woelk
November 25, 2002 - The Denver Broncos ran 48 offensive plays Sunday night — a startling contrast to the 85 completed by the Indianapolis Colts in their 23-20 overtime victory at Invesco Field.
Elam's streak halted - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 25, 2002 - Strange things were afoot on Sunday night at snowy Invesco Field during Denver's 23-20 overtime loss to Indianapolis.
Snow boots lift Colts - Indianapolis Star - Phil Richards
November 25, 2002 - Tony Dungy had decided to punt. Fifty-one yards off slick footing through the frigid, snowy night, nope. Too far. Too much to ask of a player who had come into the game mired in a 3-for-8 slump, the worst of his spectacular career.
Manning shows he can drive, too - Indianapolis Star - Bob Kravitz
November 25, 2002 - They did it in John Elway's face. They did it with Peyton Manning killing the Broncos the way Elway did it to so many teams in the past. They did it with Elway's giant No. 7 adorning the Ring of Fame on a facade along the north stands, did it right in Elway's face, the
Defense comes of age for Colts - Indianapolis Star - C. Jemal Horton
November 25, 2002 - It is only fitting that this game took place in prime time, on a semi-frozen tundra, against one of the league's most popular franchises. This way, the entire pro football nation got to witness the real reason the Indianapolis Colts have a chance of living up to all that preseason rhetoric: a sound and determined defense.
Colts quick on the draw in posting thrilling win - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
November 25, 2002 - Amid the snowflakes and chaos, a frenetic calm prevailed. "Yeah," Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison said, "things happened real fast. Real fast, man."
Colts players revel in their improbable comeback victory - Indianapolis Star - Phillip B. Wilson
November 25, 2002 - It was as if the Indianapolis Colts had won the Super Bowl. President Bill Polian was slapping the back of every Colt he could run into in a joyous locker room. Players milled around, smiles on their faces, some shouting with glee and others just sitting with satisfied looks on their faces.
Harrison reaches milestone - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell and Phil Richards
November 25, 2002 - Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison was his steady, spectacular self Sunday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. He caught seven of Peyton Manning's third-down passes for first downs during the Colts' 23-20 overtime victory over Denver. He caught 11 passes in all, for 107 yards and another piece of history.
No Business Like Snow Business - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 24, 2002 - It started as flurries in the warmups. It pitched forward into light snow at kickoff. By the end of the first quarter, the snow was coming down with some ferocity, combining with the glow from the lights atop the stadium to create a bright fog over the field. And by halftime, the entire field was covered in snow, giving INVESCO Field at Mile High its first snow-bound affair in the edifice's brief history.
At the Summit - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Portis Dashes Through Snow Nov. 24, 2002 - Clinton Portis' performance Sunday night belied his background. For someone who grew up in a place where snowfall was a once-a-generation oddity, he seemed at ease in the conditions, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, scoring twice and even nullifying his one miscue of the evening by recovering his own fumble.
Another Nightmare - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Nov. 24, 2002 - Everything seemed in place for the magic to return to the Mile High City. Temperatures had dipped well below freezing to provide a harsh greeting for out-of-town guests that play their home games in a climate-controlled dome, a steady snowfall blanketed the field to perpetuate the national television audience's notion that Denver is a place where the locals ski to work and the home team was wearing a familiar shade of orange to warm the hearts of longtime fans. In its entirety, the scene was classic Colorado football.