Originally Posted by boogielicious
Originally Posted by Fourputt
The Broncos made several long drives by intent. It was part of the game plan to score, but score slowly to give the Pats fewer opportunities. Look at th play by play. Dnver time of posession was higher than any other game this season (or nearly so). Their averaage was around 26 minutes, but against NE they had the ball for more than 35 minutes. It had less to do with the defense than it did with the overall game plan.
Not sure if I buy that. If the NE offense had all their players heathy, they would have been able to score more. They scored 31 points in one half against the Broncos earlier in the year and have posted a lot of points in the last four meeting against the Broncos. NE defense allows lots of yard but few points. That is their philosophy.
If you knew before the game that Denver would only score 26, as a Bronco fan you would have been worried. I would have bet NE would win with that knowledge. But the NE offense did not play well, bottom line.
Denver will have to score more to win the Super Bowl. Ball control is not their MO.
You clearly haven't watched them play much. They have had several games this year with one or two punts (and one game where Colquitt never left the bench). The only reason that other teams score as much as they do is because they get so many chances. During most of the season Denver was scoring so quickly that the other team would get 8-10 possessions. If they scored on half of their drives, then they had 20-28 points (a decent offensive day for a lot of teams), yet most still trailed by 2 touchdowns by the time they had tallied up that many points. They won time of possession because they were trying to keep the Denver offense off the field, but that always worked against them because they simply weren't able to score at the same high percentage as the Broncos.
You think that the Broncos weren't trying to change up the game from that first meeting with NE? It was obvious to anyone who had watched them play every game all season long. It was also apparent to the talking heads in their Monday morning quarterbacking. Denver had two goals, shut down Blount and the Pats running game, and slow down their own offensive drives to eat more time. I admit that they were helped by a couple of Brady overthrows, but that's going to happen in any game, to any quarterback. It almost looked like Brady was trying to ensure against the possibility of an interception and just put the ball out of reach of everyone. Brady actually looked like he was playing scared, most unlike him.
By the way, you have to admit that the weather had a lot to do with the results of the first game. If Manning has an Achille's heel, it's wind, and that was as responsible for the Pats win as anything special they did on the field. The Pats were outclassed through most of the game, and it took an overtime for them to pull out a win.