Right after watching these, I switched on the game just in time to see the teams line up and, well, this...
Of course the rest of the night didn't go much better. So with apologies to one friend in particular, I'm going to suggest why the Broncos were so un-Bronco-like for the game.
Preparation matters, but there's such a thing as over-preparing. I'm thinking that with two weeks to get ready, the notoriously detail-oriented future HoF quarterback probably did a little too much. They weren't loose and they weren't flexible enough to deal with the best defense they faced all year.
I think the Broncos came out tight and dropped straight into clenching coal into diamonds territory. They'd spent two weeks hearing about what they needed to do. Compounding that with the insane media and fan focus on the game probably meant there really wasn't going to be a different outcome.
There's something to cramming for an exam, but at some point you're better off just getting some sleep. The Broncos seemed like a team that needed a little more down time and a little less Peyton leading into the game.
Now I'll go back to hoping the Giants trade into a better draft position and pick up Auburn's OT with their first round pick.