Last week I asked this question, “Are this year’s Broncos just like the 1997 Broncos or is this the last week I can proudly wear my orange and blue?” Luckily I am still wearing Orange and Blue. Peyton Manning’s “one-and-done” playoff curse ended when the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17!
This year’s Broncos were in the same exact situation as last year’s. The Broncos were again 13-3, again the #1 seed in the AFC, again won the AFC West, again had a first week bye, again has home field advantage, again favored to win and again was hosting a team that wasn’t even supposed to make the playoffs. The only difference is this year Denver won!
The Chargers were the one team I did not want to see in the playoffs because they had beaten us in Denver. Last week I wrote, “If the Broncos can win Sunday against the Chargers at home and get past the Peyton Manning ‘one-and-done’ playoff curse, I believe the Denver Broncos will go to the Super Bowl and win.” The Broncos did win, the Broncos will win again this Sunday in Denver against the New England Patriots, and the 2013 Denver Broncos will go to the Super Bowl and win. Just like the 1997 Denver Broncos.
It is like looking in a mirror. The 2013 Denver Broncos are just like the 1997 Denver Broncos. Just as the 2013 Broncos started their season after a devastating loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional playoffs the previous season, the 1997 Broncos started their season after a devastating loss to the the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional playoffs the previous season. Just as the 2013 Broncos started out 6-0, losing their 7th game, the 1997 Broncos started out 6-0, losing their 7th game. Just as the 2013 Broncos have future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the 1997 Broncos had future hall of fame quarterback John Elway.
The AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots will kick off Sunday at 3:00pm est on CBS.
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