Monday, December 2, Story Links

The Broncos fall to the Chargers in overtime on Sunday. Check out what they are saying about the loss in today's story links.

Staggering performance - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers' overtime kick might as well have been to the Denver Broncos' gut. It left the Broncos gasping and reeling, uncertain whether they will be able to overcome the latest of three losses that have come on the game's final play.

Exciting, but hard to swallow - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - It was the chariot race in "Ben-Hur," the duel in "Gladiator," the showdown in "High Noon." It was Burr-Hamilton, Ali-Frazier, Bonner-Garrett. It was the Centaur and St. Elmo's Fire. It was Fury vs. Flash. It was Tomlinson vs. Portis. It was Push vs. Shove. It was one terrific football game, a battle of mosh pits and annoying fits. Nobody would lose; nobody could win. Who would be the last men standing?

Neil likely to have surgery on left knee - Denver Post
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - The interior of Denver's offensive line is mangled like Daniel Neil's left knee. An examination revealed loose cartilage doctors are likely to repair today with arthroscopic surgery.

It's about time to recoordinate struggling defense - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - How San Diego beat Denver was a mystery to absolutely nobody except Ray Rhodes. You don't have to know football to know how the Chargers won 30-27 in overtime Sunday.

Tomlinson exposes Denver's weakness - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - On a sunny Southern California Sunday, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson undressed the Denver Broncos' No. 1-ranked run defense.

Broncos' first priority: Fix third down - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - You can view their latest loss several different ways, but here's all you need to know about the Broncos: They weren't good enough on third down. They've converted 6-of-27 third downs in their past two games - 2-of-13 on Sunday - compared with 22-of-39 for the Colts and Chargers.

Chargers in control of season - Denver Post - Richard J. Marcus
Monday, December 02, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - If there was one game the San Diego Chargers needed to win to realistically stay in the playoff hunt, this was it.

Extra effort fails - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - It was nighttime. It was overtime. It was everything that had come to define Denver's uneven season, everything the Broncos could put behind them with one clutch effort as the stars came out at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. Then the same old patterns occurred for the Broncos. Failure in the clutch. Heartbreak.

Bad plays coming back to haunt QB - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - Steve Beuerlein didn't think he could feel worse than he did last week. He was wrong. He left Qualcomm Stadium feeling like he had been punched in the gut.

Tomlinson charges over Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Joe Donatelli,
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - Linebacker Al Wilson said he won't dwell on LaDainian Tomlinson's record-setting performance against the Broncos. "I didn't even think about it," Wilson said. "He can rush for a million yards. I don't care." Not a bad idea. On Sunday, Tomlinson almost did.

Krieger: Face it: Broncos just not that good - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO - Praising them certainly hasn't worked. Maybe the only way to make the Denver Broncos play is to insult them, call them names, wound their pride. No problem. Admit it. They're not as good as you thought. They're not as good as I thought. They're not as good as they thought. And another thing: Bring back Brian Griese. Please.

Lincicome: In the end, Broncos can't get job done - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 2, 2002 - According to the Mike Shanahan catalog, this is where the Denver Broncos are: facing hard times, looking for courage, identifying pride and spotting character. "We'll find out what we're made of," the coach said.

Chargers boot Broncos in OT - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO — Clinton Portis was too fast for words. Ed McCaffrey proved he's still unbelievably good. Deltha O'Neal made a clutch play on defense that should have been enough, despite an off day on his side of the ball. But football, no matter how fast or good or clutch the superstar players are, usually comes down to a 145-pound loner.

Thorburn: Don't blame it all on Beuerlein - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO — The Denver Broncos are 7-5? You could blame it on the new/very old quarterback. Steve Beuerlein was pointing the finger in his own face after Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

Tomlinson tops Portis in battle of tailbacks - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO — Why do many NFL fans consider the AFC West to be the best division post-realignment? For starters, Priest Holmes is the best player in the league this season and he's on the worst team in this four-team race.

Broncos' Montgomery appears OK after tests - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 2, 2002 - SAN DIEGO — It seems to happen almost every Sunday somewhere in the NFL. For a few tense moments, the game doesn't matter because one of its players is lying motionless on the sod waiting for a stretcher. On this given Sunday it happened to be Scottie Montgomery.

Game 12 report - Daily Camera
December 2, 2002 - Rushed for a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns. ... Steve Christie. After missing three field goals finally comes through with the game-winner in overtime from 27 yards out. ... The Qualcomm Stadium crowd. Provided a homefield advantage like the Broncos used to have.

Twists and shouts - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
December 2, 2002 - LaDainian Tomlinson was so tired he doubted he could go on, so elated he couldn't find the words to describe his feelings, so proud he felt like shaking the hands of each of his teammates and every fan at Qualcomm Stadium.

Broncos-Chargers Notebook: Griese Watches, Smith Laments Penalties - - Andrew Mason
Dec. 1, 2002 - SAN DIEGO -- Losing consecutive games on overtime field goals is painful enough for any football player to deal with. Losing them and being powerless to do anything about reversing them is perhaps even worse.

Backs of the Future Prove Prolific in Present - - Andrew Mason
Dec. 1, 2002 - The gauntlet was thrown down by Clinton Portis in the dying moments of the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, when he took a handoff and sprinted 43 yards to the longest run of his professional career, one which was also the lengthiest for the Broncos in 356 days.

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