For John Elway, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, their dream season ended in utter heartbreak. More specifically though, it was the way it ended, 38-35 in double overtime, at the hands of two Manning picks and a torched defense, that was so surprising.
For the Ravens to even stand a chance in this game, quarterback Joe Flacco's going to have to seriously improve upon his performance from the last time these two teams met.
Wilson, a dark horse for Rookie of the Year, controlled the tempo with mostly sound decisions through the air and another 67 yards on the ground, showing that the read-option duo of him and Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch is as good as advertised. Lynch, for the 11th time this season, topped the 100-yard mark, including a fantastic go-ahead 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
Thursday night football: Make it eight straight wins for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos as they beat Oakland 26-13.
On November 9, 1997, the Denver Broncos scored 34 points and beat the Carolina Panthers. Nearly 15 years to the day, the Broncos scored 36 points and beat the Carolina Panthers.
Forget a QB rating system based on math Stephen Hawking wouldn't understand. Forget ESPN's new "Total Quarterback Rating." How many quarterbacks strike such fear into a coach's heart that he would choose Bill Belichick's desperate fourth-and-two play over a punt?
Warren Sapp is used to having the final say on his show, "Judge Sapp," where he settles disputes with his trademark no-nonsense attitude and outrageous wit.
The NFL showed linebacker Jonathan Vilma a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying that Vilma placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre. Vilma's attorney calls the charge a lie.
For those of us who worship football, it's been a long off-season without our favorite sport.
Even if you pick the top QB for that season, you could end up with a fantasy football flop in that spot. Even the best of players could end up giving you zero value in that category.
The Chargers have already lost their RB and a major WR, Kansas City is a sleeping tiger for 2012, Oakland still goes as Darren McFadden goes and, despite appearances, it's not all about Peyton Manning in Denver.
Why would Peyton Manning, who probably has all the money he will ever need, risk his health to play football? He believes he will be happier playing the game than sitting at home.
When the finely honed bodies of elite athletes break down, these players' compulsion to get back in the game sometimes can lead them to embrace medical procedures that eventually may benefit the duffers among us and more.
Can one huge signing, like Peyton Manning maybe, put your favorite squad over the top? Somewhat surprisingly, the answer has (in recent history) been "yes."
I'm not trying to dump on some of my newscasting brethren, but there were a couple of doozies over the weekend.
Eli Manning wasn't as good as Peyton, but he certainly wasn't terrible. Let's go with the word "serviceable" for Manning -- a word that's a bit too strong when describing the overall quality of this week's show.