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"Broncos Win" Sounds Great, But an NFC Win Is Inevitable

Chris Brocoum
Sports Columnist

There are a few certain things in life: death, taxes and the NFC winning the Super Bowl. I am an avid football fan and all I ask for is a good game. This year has the makings of a historic, fairy tale finish.

Denver is already an 11-point underdog even with the veteran comeback kid John Elway at the reins. I mean, you gotta love the thought: Denver coming back as Elway gives a clinic on how to run the two-minute drill. Marching down the field, fans going crazy, millions of viewers watching glued to the TV to watch the game, not the commercials, for once.

"Eleven seconds left, Elway hikes the ball, rolls right out of the pocket evading Reggie White and passing back across his body off one leg and he completes to Shannon Sharpe diving across the middle. Touchdown! The Broncos win, the Broncos win!" Unfortunately, that's not gonna happen, and here's why.

The Broncos have somehow manage to defy all odds getting to the Super Bowl so far. They wrecked Jacksonville, then barely beat the Chiefs and the Steelers. It is the last two games that worry me. Denver has proven all year that they can score some points. Between Elway's passing and Terrell Davis's rushing, the Broncos have shown they can get theirs, although they did falter recently and have some trouble scoring, only 14 against K.C. and going scoreless in the second half against Pittsburgh.

The big problem is the defense. The K.C. Chiefs were in the midst of a quarterback controversy when they lost to Denver and just didn't quite have their offense together. Yet they still almost won that game. And Pittsburgh let's face it, beyond Bettis, the Pittsburgh offense in about as reliable as a 1982 Chrysler K-car. Kordell Stewart is a first year quarterback, and let's just say he still has a lot to learn. However, he did lead the Steelers back from 2414 in the second half to finish the game 2421 and almost put the Steelers in a position to win the game. Now if the Broncos have had a little trouble with Kordell Stewart and Elvis Grbac, I shudder to think what Brett Favre is going to do to their secondary.

Broncos need a miracle

Favre, Dorsey Levens and the rest of the Packers' offense must be drooling at the thought. They are one of the most finely tuned machines in the NFL. They dissected Tampa Bay and then proceeded to thrash the Niners. For some reason, it seems that people have forgotten that these Packers are the defending Super Bowl Champions, don't expect them to relinquish that stature without a hell of a fight. With the exception of one absolutely ridiculous loss against the 010 Colts earlier this year, the Packers have been playing very sound football.

The difference between the two teams is that Green Bay has to play a good game to win. The Broncos, on the other hand, have to have a phenomenal game, an amazing game, a game to be remembered for years to come, in order to win the Super Bowl.

Now, if there is any one on the planet besides Michael Jordan who can pull stuff like that off, I'd put my money on Elway. This SuperBowl is his game to win. He's going to have to come out hot and stay on the money the whole game. He needs to steal the game, maybe envision Marty Schottenheimer on the sidelines, whatever he has to do, but he has to have the game of his career. A classic tale of old veterans looking for one more good run.

Unfortunately, even Elway won't be enough to overcome the Packers, who dominate the football going both ways, offensively and defensively.

The pick, Super Bowl Sunday: Take the Packers in a convincing win. And take them to cover the spread, whatever the spread is by game time.

And take Budweiser in Bud Bowl X at halftime.

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