Originally written December 30, 2012 on BroncoTalk:
Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images) Editor’s Note: How Big Pete’s Instant Reactions is something beyond “OMG WE #1 SEED GOOOOOO BROOOOONCOOS WOOOOOO” — is beyond me. That is the only thing my head is currently capable of processing. The quick and dirty reaction to today’s game is simply this…. WOW!!! Who watching didn’t utter those words on more than a few occasions today? Wow, the Colts did it! Wow, we just made the Chiefs look like a pee wee football team on our opening drive. Wow, what a catch by Decker for a TD. WOW, did you see DT’s TD catch?!?!!! Yes my friends, the word wow sums up this game nicely. This game had an exciting feel to it from the opening kickoff. When was the last time you saw Champ so pumped after a routine stop on the Chief’s opening drive? He knew that they were one play closer to not having to travel again until New Orleans! Our offense and defense showed up to play, and they made that known from the very start. Moreno looked dominant today, even though he had a small scare when he was slow to get up, and then could barely even limp through the next play. However, before you knew it, Moreno was back in and scoring on a short, but fantastically patient run. Our Defense did what they were suppose to do; they made the 32nd ranked team look very  much like the 32nd ranked team. Aside from some good running early, KC had no hope to even threaten the scoreboard. Hillman made a cardinal sin on a Peyton Manning “we’re trying to get homefield throughout the playoffs” led team… he fumbled on a sure to be touchdown drive. When he fumbled, I turned to my friend and proclaimed “Hillman’s going to get real use to that bench.” Sure enough, Hillman found himself in Peyton’s doghouse. It didn’t matter how out of control this game got, Hillman was finished. We set the tone that stupid mental mistakes will not be tolerated during this magical run. I mean, Hillman single handedly ruined our shutout! I was really looking forward to a 45-0 beat ass! Now onto some quick observations: We get it Peyton, you’re the MVP. There’s no reason to make the Chief players cry! While you’re picking up your award, don’t forget to collect your comeback player award either. In Peyton I trust!!! Demaryius Thomas has to be one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs out there. Is he more deserving than someone like Reggie Wayne? After today, it’s easy to see that he’s probably more deserving. His TD catch was INSANE!!! Erik Decker had a great game. Sure, he had his typical head scratching play, but he was clutch with two TD catches and was an integral part of our offense. Look at Moreno run! I’m sorry for all the bad things I’ve ever said about Moreno. I want him on our team. I believe in him and I trust him. When McGahee comes back, I want Moreno starting. I want us to extend him and let him be our feature back from here on out. He’s starting to make you-know-who look pretty smart for drafting him. Way to go Matt Prater!!! You made a 42 yarder. Lets get your head on straight for the playoffs. Speaking of making people look smart for drafting them, how smart does Elway look right about now? Derick Wolff is the real deal. Fans wanted us to draft a defensive lineman, well, there you go! he might not have been taken in the first round, but does that matter when he’s playing as good if not better than all the other first round rookies? And don’t get me started about all of Elway’s other picks/UDFA signings (like Harris). Brock Osweiller actually got to throw today! He even looked really good while doing it. Jacob Hester is our new Peyton Hillis. That boy can pick up tough yards and bounce off would be tacklers like a pinball. Lance Ball even looked good, and it takes a hell of a lot for him to look good. Great to see Champ so pumped and excited out there. He was playing like a kid again. When he’s that excited, it just puts a huge smile on your face (and terror in the opposing QB’s eyes). Our Defense led by Von Miller and Champ Bailey look straight up 2000 Raven’s good. We are scary good. However, unlike the 2000 Ravens, we don’t have to rely on them playing lights out, it just turns what would be a good win into an embarrassing blowout. Thank you Jack Del Rio, you have been a Godsend! McCoy, you’ve been pretty good too. Hope you both stay, but if you don’t, “Thank You” from the bottom of all of our hearts (But please stay JDR, we need you). Lastly, HOLY COW, we are the real damn deal!!! There is nobody, NOBODY who wants to face us. We are easily the hottest team entering the playoffs, and after today, nobody can say that we aren’t peaking at just the right time. When you can beat a bitter division rival as bad as we just did, it sends shock waves throughout the league. I haven’t been this pumped for our team entering the playoffs since 1998. Unlike in 2005, we aren’t a defense built around smoke and mirrors. We are flat out DOMINANT in every phase and at every position up and down this roster. I’ll match our team against anybody and sleep like a baby the night before the game. The #1 Seed and homefield throughout the playoffs is ours! It’s time to celebrate BroncoTalk Nation!!! Party like it’s 1999 (January 31st to be exact. Look it up if that date confuses you).
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