To answer the rhetorical question once posed by the late baseball broadcaster Jack Buck, “No, I can’t believe what I just saw.” I am at once amazed while simultaneously mystified at how the Broncos could struggle so mightily against the Patriots.
Clearly the Patriots were ready to play. Their intensity was evident. Their desire was clear. Their execution was nearly flawless.
But this was still a team playing without its star quarterback, Tom Brady. This was still a team whose defense hadn’t shown itself to be dominating.
And the Broncos never gave themselves a chance.