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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/12/12


NFL Videos: Sound FX: Steelers vs. Broncos
Relive one of the best games from Wild Card Weekend with the best sounds from the Broncos' overtime upset of the Steelers.

Brady spark that ignites Patriots' explosive offense - The Denver Post
Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen offered an educated assessment of what awaits on Saturday night in a second-round playoff game.

Aaron Hernandez to Broncos: ‘Pick your poison’ - Sports - The Boston Globe
Less than a month ago, when the Patriots played the Broncos in Denver, tight end Aaron Hernandez became the go-to receiver, grabbing a career-best nine passes for a team-high 129 yards and a touchdown in a 41-23 win.

Denver Broncos Videos

Second Chance vs. Brady |
The Denver defense talks about what it needs to fix before Saturday's showdown with Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Tebow to Thomas: 'One and Done' |
Mike McCoy and Demaryius Thomas break down last week's game winning touchdown against the Steelers.

Divisional Round - Wednesday: Allen |
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen talks about facing Tom Brady and the Patriots for the second time in less than a month.

Divisional Round - Wednesday: McCoy |
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy breaks down last week's game winning touchdown and talks about getting ready for New England.

NFL Videos: Will Tebow tire out the Pats' D?
Sterling Sharpe believes that if QB Tim Tebow can get into a routine early against the Patriots, his confidence and playing level will skyrocket.

Denver Broncos News news: Mr. Popular: Tebow tops poll of most loved pro athletes
According to an ESPN poll released this week, Broncos QB Tim Tebow now is the most popular professional athlete in America. It's hard to say what this means. news: Broncos veteran CB Bailey along for the Tebowmania ride
The Broncos' defense hasn't received enough credit for helping the rise of Tebowmania, but veteran CB Champ Bailey is fine with that. The 11-time Pro Bowl player is enjoying his team's "unbelievable" run.

Denver coordinators drawing interest - Boulder Daily Camera
Mike McCoy's own ingenuity might have cost him a shot at a head coaching job. Denver's offensive coordinator drew up the play that turned into an electrifying 80-yard touchdown on the first snap of overtime Sunday, giving the Broncos a 29-23 win over heavily favored Pittsburgh.

Broncos Prepare for the Patriots on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Denver Post Media Center
Photos of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos Prepare for the New England Patriots at Dove Valley on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

NFL Playoffs 2012: Divisional round schedule, previews - The Washington Post
Washington Post NFL reporter Mark Maske took a closer look at each of the four divisional round matchups in advance of the second week of the NFL playoffs.

NFL Playoff Preview - Denver (9-8) at New England (13-3) (ET) -
The unlikeliest of teams that remain in the hunt for this season's Lombardi Trophy continues its remarkable run Saturday at Gillette Stadium, though the Denver Broncos' participation in this weekend's AFC Divisional Playoff clash with the storied New England Patriots is just one of several juicy plot lines that have built up this fascinating and pivotal matchup.

Pittsburgh mayor selling Tim Tebow jersey for charity -
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is trying to turn the Steelers playoff loss to the Denver Broncos into a win for city school students.

2012 NFL Playoffs -- Doubters giving fuel to emboldened Denver Broncos - ESPN
"I love listening to people hate on us," tight end Daniel Fells said. "I mean, you can hate if you want to, but we're still here and we're moving forward. The more you hate, the more we feed off of it."

Kiszla: McGahee, not Tebow, runaway MVP for Broncos - The Denver Post
No way, no how is Tim Tebow beating Tom Brady in the NFL playoffs. But Broncos running back Willis McGahee just might be tough enough to do the job.

Woody's Mailbag: Can Broncos beat the Patriots? Sure, here's the gameplan - The Denver Post
Denver Post sports columnist Woody Paige answers your questions in Woodys Mailbag. In this installment, Woody tackles five big questions, including one wondering about the Tim Tebow and the Broncos chances against New England and Tom Brady.

New England Patriots defensive lineman Gerard Warren part of Denver Broncos history - The Denver Post
Gerard Warren can imagine exactly what it was like inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High when the Broncos beat Pittsburgh last week.

Denver Broncos' winning TD play in overtime was drawn up at halftime - The Denver Post
The pass play that became the Broncos winning, 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime last weekend against Pittsburgh was a nice element to the Denver game plan.

Bill Cowher: Ex-Steelers coach compares Tim Tebow and Kordell Stewart - The Denver Post
In this weeks installment of The Denver Posts "Fan Mail," former Steelers coach and current CBS Sports NFL analyst Bill Cowher discusses Tim Tebow, Shannon Sharpe and if he will ever get back into coaching.

Tim Tebow is America's favorite pro athlete - The Denver Post
Tebowmania is reaching the stratosphere. According to a new ESPN Sports Poll, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is Americas favorite active professional athlete.

Mullen High dismisses Dave Logan as football coach - The Denver Post
Dave Logan, one of Colorados greatest high school athletes and football coaches, as well as the longtime radio voice of the Denver Broncos, has been forced out at perennial powerhouse Mullen High School.

Look for Denver Broncos' Matthew Willis to have a ball Saturday night - The Denver Post
Broncos wide receiver Matthew Willis has averaged about a catch per weekend this season — 18 grabs in 17 games.

Colorado lawmakers open session praising Broncos, bipartisanship - The Denver Post
Colorado lawmakers kicked off the 2012 legislative session Wednesday united behind the Denver Broncos but split over key issues, including a tax break for seniors and the explosion of Medicaid cases.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Game-Winner Drawn Up at Halftime |
This weekend's Broncos-Patriots matchup will test the ability for both teams' coaches to adjust on the fly, much like the Broncos did for the overtime winning play Sunday.

Notes: Allen Preps for Interview |
A morning snowstorm sent the Broncos back into the nearby South Suburban Sports Dome for practice — and they did so with three players who missed Tuesday’s practice in tow.

OT Touchdown Was Just Like Broncos Drew It Up — at Halftime |
Don’t ever say that Mike McCoy and the Broncos’ offense can’t change plans on the fly. Their season is still alive today because they did precisely that.

Tim Tebow ascends… to the top of the polls - BroncoTalk
Tim Tebow is now America’s favorite professional athlete, according to a monthly ESPN Sports Poll that has been running for 18 years.

With Broncos' Decker Out, Matt Willis Needs To Step Up - Predominantly Orange
As John Fox always puts it, it’s a ‘next man up philosophy.’ It’s next man up until it’s last man up. That’s the rule.

Pats-Broncos II: Denver fans respond - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos fans flooded my inbox to let me know they took exception to my comment Sunday night that Denver is "as close to a free pass as New England can get in the postseason."

Brady set to make postseason history - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
One way or the other, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to make postseason history, Jeremy Lundblad writes on

Simms' insight on Pats-Broncos - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
CBS analyst Phil Simms, who will work Saturday's divisional-round playoff game between the Patriots and Broncos, shares his insight on the matchup (comments provided by CBS' media relations).

Brian Dawkins participating in some pre-practice work Wednesday | First-and-Orange
Veteran Broncos safety Brian Dawkins was doing some stretching and pre-practice functions Wednesday, perhaps allowing for some hope that he may play Saturday night in the AFC Divisional Game at New England. He did not have a helmet, however.

Broncos DT Marcus Thomas helps National Child ID program | First-and-Orange
As community service goes, Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas came up with one of the better ones.

Poll: Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is America's favorite athlete | First-and-Orange
Tebow-mania is reaching the stratosphere. According to a new ESPN Sports Poll, the Broncos’ quarterback is now America’s favorite active pro athlete.

NFL News

Frozen Flashback | National Football Post
First, here is the story I wrote earlier on Packers' coach Joe Philbin and the loss of he and his wife Diane's son, a loss that permeates over Packer Nation and the team as it prepares for Sunday. This is quite a time.

N.F.L. Divisional Round Probabilities -
When these teams met in Denver in Week 14, Tom Brady was the difference. He produced 17.0 Expected Points Added in an 18-point win for the Patriots. The focus will be on Tim Tebow, but I’ll be watching the Broncos’ pass rushers.

NFL Divisional Round Picks Against The Spread - SB Nation Arizona
At first look this looks like an easy bet with the Patriots. They destroyed Denver late in the season and have Tom Brady going up against Tim Tebow. BUT (yes capitals were needed), there are eerie similarities to last years playoff loss to the New York Jets.

NFL Notebook: Jets rally around Sanchez | STL Today
The fallout from the New York Jets missing the NFL playoffs is in full swing, with members of coach Rex Ryan's staff leaving, players taking shots at quarterback Mark Sanchez and other players defending him.

NFL: Tough decisions await Colts GM Grigson -
Ryan Grigson landed his dream job Wednesday. After spending more than a decade on the road, scouting for St. Louis and Philadelphia, the 39-year-old Indiana native is coming home to rebuild the Colts possibly with a new coach, a new quarterback and an entirely different philosophy.

Warren Moon, NFL Hall of Famer, Likes Tim Tebow’s Intangibles - Tucson Citizen
Did anyone outside of Denver think the Broncos would be in the divisional round of the playoffs, one win away from the AFC championship game? Probably not, especially with Tim Tebow at quarterback, but here they are playing the top seed New England Patriots.

Giants and Packers square off in battle of big-money NFL teams |
When the Giants and Packers face off in the frigid cold of Lambeau Field this weekend, it won’t just be a meeting of two high-powered offenses: the pair are also among the NFL’s most valuable franchises.

New York Jets hire Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator - ESPN New York
Tony Sparano, who presided over one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, has a new challenge: Fixing the New York Jets' dysfunctional offense.

Ultimate Texans " Texans’ Foster proves he’s no ordinary NFL player
Arian Foster arrived in the NFL almost unnoticed, with a point he was willing to go to great lengths to prove. One of the telltale signs that Foster was well on his way to proving he wasn’t the crazy one for believing he could flourish at football’s highest level came during a December 2010 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Denver Broncos Fans

When In Doubt, Ask a Pats Fan! - Mile High Report
You ever get that feeling of deja vu on the week of a Friday the 13th?

Random Bronco Thoughts... - Mile High Report
CORNERBACK PLAY - I am surprised that Chris Harris hasn't gotten more ink. The guy, from day one, has played like a first or second round draft pick. I won't beat the dead horse about him being undrafted and all that, you guys already know.

Analyzing the Wild Card Round:Steelers@Broncos - Mile High Report
Hey folks, it's been a minute since I've done one of these, but I wanted to revisit the game and analyze things using a point system that both SD Guy and myself have come up with. If you've never seen it before, no worries it's not complicated. Basically we came up with a system that assigned point values to plays that impact the game.