Fortunately, we have two prime examples of teams that went down kicking and screaming in this years' playoffs and they both happened during the Super Bowl.
The first is a good example of what John Elway meant by going down kicking and screaming in the playoffs. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots found themselves down 24-14 in the fourth quarter against the best defense in football. By the time the two minute warning sounds, Tom Brady had the New England Patriots up 28-24. That, my friends, is going down kicking and screaming. It's the kind of will that great teams have and demonstrate when the chips are down.
The second is a bad example of kicking and screaming. It's more like what a toddler does when they don't get their way. It is what the Seattle Seahawks defense did after realizing they blew it. As you can see from the picture above, they resorted to cheap shots and fist fights. That is not the kind of kicking and screaming Elway wants from the Denver Broncos.
At the end of the day, the Patriots once again showed the NFL what a well-coached and highly talented football team can achieve. That is six Super Bowl appearances in thirteen seasons. Whatever taint people want to throw their way, I'd take six Super Bowls in thirteen seasons every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
That is what John Elway is looking to bring back to Denver. The kind of winning ways that he enjoyed as a player who appeared in a now former NFL record five Super Bowls as a quarterback. He appeared in all five of those Super Bowls in just a thirteen year span.
If the Patriot Way is the way the Broncos are striving towards, then I say bring it on. Some franchise is going to have to take the Patriots place once Tom Brady rides off into the sunset. Why not ours?
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