|12-25-2005, 12:01 AM||#1|
Anybody want a peanut?
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Broncos Capture Number 2 Seed
Broncos capture No. 2 seed in 22-3 win over Raiders
By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
December 24, 2005
The Broncos got a few postseason stocking stuffers to take home with them Saturday night.
The Broncos 22-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders gave them not only the AFC West title, but a coveted playoff bye and the AFC's No. 2 seed in the postseason as well.
"We got some Christmas presents that's for sure," said Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. "We took care of business and things worked out pretty good for us."
The Broncos (12-3) formally won the division when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers, 20-7, in Arrowhead Stadium Saturday and then earned the playoff bye when the Buffalo Bills upset Cincinnati (11-4) in Paul Brown Stadium.
And with all of that good fortune tucked away in their pockets before they even took the field, the Broncos easily dispatched the struggling Raiders (4-11). The victory also meant the Broncos went 8-0 at home this season, their first undefeated mark at home since the Super Bowl team of 1998.
"We kind of got the cake and the ice cream too, you know," said running back Mike Anderson.
The Broncos will conclude their regular season Saturday in San Diego. Denver will not play a postseason game - it will be the first in Invesco Field at Mile High - until the weekend of Jan. 14-15.
"That's been the goal," said Broncos defensive end Courtney Brown. "To win the division, we won the division, and to get a bye and we did that, too."
The issue was no longer in doubt just about the time the Broncos took their first two drives for scores and led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Denver took its first possession 50 yards in nine plays, finishing it off with a 29-yard field goal by Jason Elam. The Broncos had pushed the ball to the Raiders' 7-yard line, but quarterback Jake Plummer was sacked by Oakland's Ed Jasper for a 4-yard loss.
The Raiders answered briefly with Zack Crockett, who was filling in for an injured LaMont Jordan (turf toe), gaining 31 yards as he carried the ball on Oakland's first seven plays of the game.
However, that Raiders drive stalled with a penalty and a deflected pass. The Broncos followed with a touchdown drive and Oakland didn't really challenge thereafter.
The Broncos' offense, which had piled up 414 yards and did not punt until there was 6:53 remaining in the game, stalled inside the Raiders' 20-yard line at times in the second half - two ended at the Oakland 15-yard line, another at the 33 - but Denver gladly took two Elam field goals and led 22-0 after three quarters.
They lost their second shutout of the season - they shut out the Jets, 27-0, Nov. 20 - when the Raiders put together a penalty-marred drive for a 43-yard Sebastien Janikowski field goal with 14:10 left in the game.
It took the Raiders 14 plays to travel all of 33 yards.
"We're not done working yet," Plummer said. "We're just happy to get the W, we'll enjoy this."
Etc: Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey briefly left the game in the third quarter after having the wind knocked out of him, but returned. Broncos linebacker Al Wilson was hit in the head in the third quarter and also returned.
Wilson was also wearing a splint on his right thumb after the game and he said he may have fractured it.
Anderson, who finished with 46 yards to give him 1,014 for the season, suffered a sprained left ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Anderson will have the ankle evaluated more over the next two days and left the stadium on crutches.
Tatum Bell, who needs 131 yards against the Chargers to also finish with 1,000 yards, and Ron Dayne carried the ball the rest of the way.
|12-25-2005, 12:07 AM||#3|
Livin' the dream!
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Southern California
Man I cant wait to see mile high go nuts in that playoff game vs whoever. It is going to be insane!
|12-25-2005, 07:27 AM||#4|
Rocky Mountain Thunder
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: United States
Broncos' fans are going to release 7 years worth of pent-up frustration and exuberance for hosting a playoff game. It's going to be a blast!