Great Game Today at Invesco
Just back from a really fun – and cold – afternoon at Invesco Field at Mile High. The Broncos continued to surprise the skeptical pundits – this time with an overtime wins against the “Boston” Patriots. Wearing their throw-back yellow and brown uniforms with the striped socks (cheerleaders even wore their 1960s cheerleading attire – reminding many of us old folks of their high school cheerleaders), the Broncos came back from a 10 point halftime deficit.
The defense was fantastic, shutting down – and shutting out – the Patriots high powered offense in the second half. Although they gave up a season high 17 points in the first half, as has been the case all season, they righted the ship at half-time and took control.
Kyle Orton looked like the quarterback that Coach McDaniel wanted when he traded away Jay Cutler over the summer. He threw for two touchdowns (two eleven yard strikes to Brandon Marshall) and over 300 yards. He spread the ball to all of his receivers – including Eddie Royal who came up with a number of first down receptions, Marshall, Gaffney, Moreno (who generated a lot of yardage both rushing and receiving) and his two tight ends – Daniel Graham and Tony Scheffler).
Even two untimely penalties against the Broncos punt receiving team late in the fourth quarter, which gave the Patriots life, weren’t enough to put the Broncos away. The whole stadium held its breath wondering if the Broncos were going to fall to one of Tom Brady’s patented game-winning drives, but the Broncos just won’t quit. This team just keeps on fighting.
We all left the stadium horse from shouting and cheering after Prater’s overtime game winner. And many of in the crowd stopped over at a local bar while waiting to go cheer for the Rockies – another team that doesn’t know the meaning of quit.