Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - When hopes were high and slates clean, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan spelled out the significance of the coming season to Brian Griese.
Several scenarios keeping Broncos' hopes alive - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - Santa is busy this time of year, but no busier than Santo Labombarda, the Elias Sports Bureau worker who devises each of the NFL's playoff tiebreaking scenarios. Santo spent Monday making a list and checking it twice. By the time he finished, there were five scenarios in which the Denver Broncos will qualify for the playoffs.
Opponents finding holes in defense - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - For the first 10 games of the season, running against the Denver Broncos' defense was like running into a brick wall.
QB or not QB? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 24, 2002 - Brian Griese didn't receive a vote of confidence Monday, one day after the game he declared the biggest he's played in the NFL instead turned into a colossal afternoon of frustration.
Broncos count playoff chances on a single hand - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 24, 2002 - Shannon Sharpe might not be Einstein, but the number cruncher at Elias Sports Bureau might rate in the genius category after discovering five different scenarios by which the Denver Broncos can still qualify for the wild-card spot.
Adams: Broncos hope to put an end to this trend - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 24, 2002 - The Denver Broncos play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High, and a playoff berth still is possible for the 8-7 Broncos. Will the fans fill the stands to support the Broncos' slim playoff hopes - or do they believe that Denver's once-promising season no longer is worthy of their attention?
Bronco QB situation is all the rage - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 24, 2002 - When Trevor Pryce evaluates the talent on the Denver Broncos, it results in a public tongue-lashing from Mike Shanahan, his boss. A no-win situation at the workplace. Bill Romanowski's First Amendment Rights, however, are more protected by the Raider Nation constitution.
From confusion, playoff scenario emerges - Daily Camera - Associated Press
December 24, 2002 - There has never been anything like it: Only four of the 16 AFC teams have been eliminated entering the final week of the regular season. Look more closely, however, and the playoff picture is less muddled.
McCown's playing time rests on health of line - - Kent Somers
Dec. 24, 2002 12:00 AM - An offensive line depleted by injuries might prevent coaches from playing backup quarterback Josh McCown in the season finale Sunday in Denver. Coach Dave McGinnis said it's possible that McCown could play, but he wants to see how the offensive line functions this week in practice.
Cards need to sack Greene, other assistants - Arizona Republic - John Gambadoro
Dec. 24, 2002 - Another miserable season will come to an end this Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals. And when it is finally over, Dave McGinnis will start the process of evaluating talent for next year. And while there are many decisions in the organization regarding players that will have to be made, there are just as many decisions internally that McGinnis must make.
The Playoffs: Broncos Need Help, But Hope Survives- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 23, 2002 - The AFC West title and a home playoff game is out the window. But the Broncos' playoff drive is not. The postseason fate is out of their hands; even if the results prior to the 2:15 p.m. MST kickoff with the Arizona Cardinals go as hoped, the Broncos will still need help.
"Character" Check Time for Broncos- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 23, 2002 - The good news was that the Broncos' playoff situation crystallized into something tangible on Monday. The bad news is that it's as clear as mud. Denver could kick off at 2:15 p.m. (MST) on Sunday still in the heart of the playoff race, but with the result of the concurrent Green Bay-N.Y. Jets game also having an impact on the team's fate. But what it will need is uncertain; that depends on the result of the New England Patriots-Miami Dolphins game, taking place at 11 a.m. (MST).