Some might have mistaken me for a meteorologist that past week, because I have been on cloud nine since the Broncos beat the Pats. Defeating the Patriots always feels good, but when it secures your squad to a trip to their 8th Super Bowl – that’s pure, unadulterated joy.
Eighth super bowl, that’s no joke, tied for the most appearances all –time. One of the many sick stats that I ingested during the course of the last week as I was an obsessive sponge for Broncos coverage.
So this musing has no flowery imagery or creative metaphors. Just sick stats that will BLOW YOUR MIND and hopefully GET YOU HYPED FOR THE BIG GAME.
First sick stat that should make all Broncos fans giddy. The Broncos own Tom Brady. There is no doubt Brady is phenomenal. Perhaps the best ever. But the Broncos are his kryptonite. He is 6-9 against the Broncos and 1-3 in the playoffs. The Broncos are the only team in the league Brady doesn’t have a winning record against.
Remember when the Broncos drove down the field and scored on their first possession in the AFC Championship? That was sick, and it was also the first time all season Manning threw a touchdown on his first drive. Crazy right?
Do you know what else is cray-cray? That Owen Daniels is the only receiver to catch a Manning touchdown pass at home this season. He has three, including the two that he had on Sunday. Blew my mind when I heard that one. Goes to show you that Manning has been underwhelming throwing the ball this year, but hey, we still love you buddy.
The Broncos D was stifling against Brady, who was not-so-terrific-Tom. Brady was 27 of 56 with two picks. That’s a 48 percent completion percentage. First time in his illustrious career he threw two INT’s and completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Sick.
Brady also got knocked down 23 times – an absurd number. The most knockdowns of ANY quarterback in the league ALL SEASON. Just four more Brady completions than times he got knocked on his tushie. Mind blowing.
Brady wasn’t the only Patriot hall of famer who had a crappy day. Their kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, is a baller. He had not missed an extra point since 2006, his rookie season. He had made a league record 523 in a row! Then he blew it! It ended having massive ramifications, because the Patriots had to go for two at the end of the game, and we all know had that ended up. Yes, the extra point was moved back this year, but he was perfect all season. Laces out Finkle.
This game was intensely close, just like pretty much every game for the Broncos this year. I have no nails left. The Broncos were 11-3 this season in games decided by seven points or fewer. You guessed it. The most so called barnburners in NFL history in one season. I thought it felt like the most stressful season of all time. That’s because it was.
But now it’s time for one more barnburner, we hope at least. Hey I’m bias, but I am also a realist, and I realize the Broncos have a reputation of getting blown out in Super Bowls. It’s sad, but true. The average score of their Super Bowl defeats? Broncos 12, Opponents 41. Another sick stat, but not good sick. That one is gross sick.
Here we come Super Bowl 50! Marinate on that one for a little bit. What an amazing, prolific, round number. You want to know another amazing round number? Manning has played in 26 post-season games. His record? It’s 13-13. We all are aware this could be the sheriff’s last shift. Let’s pretend it is.
If he loses, he would retire with a losing record in the playoffs, and be 1-3 in Super Bowls. That, tragically, would cement his legacy as perhaps the greatest regular season quarterback of all time, who is sub-par in the postseason. If he wins, he completes his career with a winning playoff record, and rides off into the sunset with two super Bowl titles. He would become the ONLY quarterback to take two teams to a Super Bowl title in the history of the league.
How is that for a sick stat that will BLOW YOUR MIND! Who is ready for the big game?! I know I am!