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Bronco Rob
11-27-2009, 05:02 AM
Armstrong: Broncos save their season


By Jim Armstrong
The Denver Post
Posted: 11/26/2009 09:42:15 PM MST


The temptation is to say the Giants played like turkeys and got the stuffing knocked out of them. But how about if we go with the Broncos-save-their-season angle?

Maybe, come late December, beating the G-Men won't matter. But at the moment, the Broncos' 26-6 victory Thursday night at Invesco Field is looking like their most important win of the season.

These were the 6-0 Broncos, the confident Broncos, the playoff-bound Broncos. Not the 0-4 Broncos, the bickering Broncos, the Broncos whose offense was offensive.

Denver jumped to a 16-0 halftime lead. Nothing out of the Orton-ary there except that the Broncos had been outscored 13-0 and 7-3 at the half in their two previous home games. Oh, and did we mention they had been beaten by an average of 20 points in their previous four games and were big underdogs at home?

This time, it was the Giants who stunk up the stadium.

The Jersey Boys had 38 yards in the first half. If the Broncos hadn't gone into Field Goals R Us mode, it might have been a blowout much earlier.

The Giants ground out 101 yards in the third quarter, but couldn't come up with a touchdown. And when Brandon Stokley hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass with 10:15 to play, it was party time on I-25.

If this game wasn't the crossroads of the Broncos' season, you sure could have fooled the players. They closed the doors earlier in the week and cleared the air. Whatever was said ought to be repeated next week because they played their best game in more than a month.

The players weren't the only ones emotionally involved. Josh McDaniels was caught by an NFL Network microphone blurting out a stream of expletives after a drive stalled in the face of three false-start penalties.

With the victory, the Broncos improved to 7-4. The five games remaining on their schedule? That would be at Kansas City, Indianapolis and Philadelphia, and homies vs. Oakland and K.C.

Not to say that the Broncos are headed to the playoffs. When a team loses four games in a row by an average of 20 points per, you can't go making bold predictions. But at least, after Thanksgiving night, they're back in the conversation.




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