Originally Posted by TheReverend
We all got caught up in the media hype. I don't think this is "OMG Peyton Manning sucks in the playoffs!" at all... yes, he certainly choked last night (among others), but when push comes to shove, the Denver Broncos weren't nearly as good as we though after months of buying into the Peyton Manning inspired media hype.
Broncos 21 Falcons 27
Texans 31 Broncos 25
Broncos 21 Patriots 31
Broncos 31 Bengals 23
Broncos 34 Ravens 17
Broncos 35 Ravens 38
^ those are the ONLY teams we played with winning records... 2-4 against "good" teams, and Baltimore was extremely beat up by injuries at the time of the first match-up.
For several of those other games (Atl, Houston and NE), the game wasn't NEARLY as close as the final score indicates.
Bottom line: The best team we beat was the Cincinnati ****ing Bengals.
Time to address serious deficiencies in the roster and hope our aging "studs" can squeeze another season of competitive play out of their sagging bodies.
Not everyone got caught up in the 13-3 record. It was obvious to most that the playoffs were going right back through the teams that beat us. It was obvious the Ravens were not at full strength the first time through. Where were you. A number of people warned about the overconfidence, the comparisons and feelings of 96, the team was young in terms of real playoff stress and accomplishment. These playoffs required a whole new level of performance at which the Broncos were not tested. Don't mention last year.