Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Darkness, Denver's worst nightmare, descended upon Giants Stadium and the Broncos' season.
Not-so-beautiful mind undeserving of awards - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. So's Mike Shanahan. The Denver Broncos are cooked, and Shanahan has nobody except the head coach to blame.
Meadowlands' wind not Elam's friend - Denver Post
Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Had New York Jets coach Herman Edwards faced the same decision Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan did late in Sunday's third quarter, he knows what he would have done.
Griese rues losing fourth-quarter chance - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Denver Broncos' 2002 season has been one, long excruciating fishing story. Week after week, as their playoff hopes have grown dimmer and dimmer, the Broncos have talked about the one that got away.
Gold's drop almost Gold's gem - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ian Gold made the first interception of the season by a Broncos linebacker Sunday. And then, in an instant, he didn't. Gold was going to score - something the Denver offense couldn't do in the second half - but dropped Chad Pennington's pass with nothing but 30 yards of grass between him and the end zone.
Coles' TD catch provides dagger - Denver Post - Richard J. Marcus
Monday, December 09, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Laveranues Coles had this surreal feeling, almost like he shouldn't have been standing on the podium Sunday as the New York media tossed question after question at him from all directions.
Twisting in wind - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Denver Broncos tried spitting into the wind one too many times Sunday. And it came back to smack them upside the head, and likely right out of the playoffs.
Bad plays coming back to haunt QB - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It could have been a sound bite from the 2001 season. Yet this was a new year, a new game - with the same player talking, saying the same things about the one that got away.
Elam was hung out to fly on FG try - Rocky Mountain News - David Porter
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When push came to shove, Denver coach Mike Shanahan chose to kick, a decision that might have him kicking himself when the Broncos' perplexing season finally and mercifully comes to an end.
Krieger: Give them credit: Broncos skilled at giving games away - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If the opponent had been the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sister Mary Catherine would have made the final interception in her skirt. If it had been a squad of New York celebrities, Woody Allen would have taken it to the house.
Lincicome: Unfortunately, Broncos not good enough - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The rumor that New York has become a more hospitable place for out-of-towners took a spanking Sunday. Well, not New York exactly. New Jersey, which is New York with shingles and only a tunnel away. It is the foster home of both New York professional football teams and doesn't mind on game day to be New York, New Jersey.
Rookie's a study in frustration - Rocky Mountain News - David Porter
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - About the only sounds coming out of the Broncos' locker room Sunday night were the unsnapping of shoulder pads, the zipping up of equipment bags and the distant hiss of the showers.
'Ohh, nooo!' Sluggo foils Broncos' efforts - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's called "Sluggo," the route Laveranues Coles turned into the go-ahead points Sunday for the New York Jets. And like the cartoon character by the same name that at one time tormented Mr. Bill, the pattern ended up destroying the Denver Broncos.
Lelie records first TD - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Denver Broncos rookie Ashley Lelie had to wait 2 1⁄2 months for the moment, but he finally caught his first touchdown pass in the NFL.
Saunders: 'Huddle' could use dose of gruff Clough - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
December 9, 2002 - It's time for a guest broadcaster on The Broncos' Huddle. For at least one week - tonight would be a good fit - eliminate the Denver player who provides the predictable company line and bring on Sandy Clough - as in gruff.
Broncos' collapse continues - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Describing what has happened to the Denver Broncos, a team that was 6-2 at the bye week and thinking about homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, is very simple. "It went from sugar to crap," was defensive tackle Lional Dalton's way of summing up a season that slipped away at the Meadowlands on Sunday.
Thorburn: Shanahan's biggest worry not playoffs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — My flight attendant summed it up the best when she said: "Shift happens." She was referring to carry-on items in the overhead storage bins, but a lot of bad shift has also happened to the Denver Broncos.
Second-half woes still haunt Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Denver Broncos are a good team. They're just not good when they have to be. Locker room spokesperson Shannon Sharpe described his team that way earlier in the week. And nothing changed on Sunday during a 19-13 loss to the New York Jets at Giants Stadium.
Rookie WR Lelie collects first touchdown reception - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Looking for positives from the Denver Broncos' 19-13 loss the New York Jets? There is one. And perhaps only one.
Game 13 report - Daily Camera
December 9, 2002 - Chad Pennington. Threw for 244 yards and a touchdown. And more importantly did not turn the ball over. ... John Hall. Despite missing an extra point he can sleep easy after making the decisive two field goals in the second half. ... Jon McGraw. The rookie safety's first career interception sealed the game in the final moments.
Coles, Jets drop Broncos- New York Daily News - Rich Cimini
December 9, 2002 - When Anthony Becht experienced his Jackie Smith moment yesterday in the east end zone of Giants Stadium, dropping a 3-yard toss that should have been a game-clinching touchdown against the Broncos, the Jets appeared headed for another one of those devastating last-minute losses. Remember the Kansas City game? You smelled disaster. The Jets smelled opportunity.
These Jets Have What It Takes- Newsday - Ken Berger
December 9, 2002 - Two months ago, the Jets might have crumbled in a situation like this. In fact, they did. Needing one last defensive stop to put away the Kansas City Chiefs in Chad Pennington's first NFL start, the Jets' defense allowed Priest Holmes to catch a pass in the middle of the field and run to the end zone for the deciding touchdown.
Vent & Reinvent- Newsday - Ken Berger
December 8, 2002 - Randy Thomas was sitting in the locker room one day this week, wearing a towel on his head that made him look like a swami. He reflected on the Jets' strange journey during the past two months, and on a little prediction of his that's coming true.
Jets' playoff ship stays afloat- New York Post - Mark Cannizzaro
December 9, 2002 -- The Jets are not dead yet. Like a pack of cockroaches in a tenement building, you can't kill them. The Broncos tried in vain to step on the Jets yesterday, squash them, put the lights out on their playoff dreams, but they couldn't.
new key to victory- New York Post - Steve Serby
December 9, 2002 -- Chad Pennington lofted the ball, and the season, into the gusty December night, and Laveranues Coles dove and caught it. On the team with the highest payroll in the NFL, a new Money Man has emerged for Woody Johnson and the Jets, at the best possible time. Coles simply refused to let that 28-yard TD pass, and this season, fall incomplete.
Broncos pay the fiddler- New York Post - Mike Vaccaro
December 9, 2002 -- Of course it took the fiddler to save them. Why not? Of all the surreal twists and hairpin turns that have turned this Jets' season into a magical mystery tour of the sublime and the ridiculous, often in the same quarter, why shouldn't the final word go to Jon McGraw, the corn-fed former walk-on from Kansas State who plays free safety for a living and plays violin for fun?