With that mercurial, miraculous, memorable, mmm mmm good comeback, the Broncos won their 22nd game in San Diego — the most in any city on planet Earth outside Denver.Twenty-one of those victories were against the Chargers; the other was over the Packers.Now, the Broncos can take a deep bye breath.And we can rethink the unthinkable.
The Broncos will finish with a 12-4 record.
The Broncos will win the AFC West.
The Broncos will have a first-round bye.
The Broncos will be the host of a Jan. 13 playoff game and beat the Texans.
The Broncos will defeat the Patriots in the conference championship at home Jan. 20.
The Broncos will play the Giants in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3 (4 p.m. MST). Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will play against each other in their hometown.
The Broncos will return to New Orleans for their third Super Bowl in the Superdome — 35 years after Super Bowl XII (Dallas 27, Denver 10) and 23 years since Super Bowl XXIV (San Francisco 55, Denver 10).
The Broncos will play the Giants for the second time in the Super Bowl, 26 years after Super Bowl XXI (New York 39, Denver 20).
The Broncos will play in their seventh Super Bowl.
The Broncos will win the Super Bowl for the first time since Jan. 31, 1999, in Super Bowl XXXIII (Denver 34, Atlanta 19) and for the third time in the franchise's history. The first was Jan. 25, 1998 in San Diego (Denver 31, Green Bay 24).
John Elway will be with the Broncos for his sixth Super Bowl. Peyton Manning will play in his third Super Bowl. He will win for the second time — to equal Eli and Elway.
That mission is not impossible or unimaginable because of the second half Monday night. Just when the world was ready to write off the Broncos, they were right on.