DENVER (CBS4) – Last year was a big one on and off the field for Broncos players Eric Decker and Wesley Woodyard. During the Broncos excellent season Decker played a key role in offensive game plan and Woodyard was a huge part of the defensive game plan. Now both players are making plans for weddings in 2013. Well … actually, it’s their fiancees who are really doing most of the planning. “Wesley hasn’t been involved in any part except for the food tasting,” Woodyard’s fiancee Veronica Whitehead told CBS4′s Kathy Lee. Whitehead said she has enjoyed being Woodyard’s “backbone” during this exciting season. The two met in Miami. “Wes was there during the offseason. He went to a yacht party and they actually weren’t invited, so they got kicked off the boat,” Whitehead said. His friend then noticed Whitehead, who was with some friends. “Wes comes over there and we ended up talking the whole time and from that day forward we’ve been together ever since.” James and Decker met through a mutual friend about two years ago. “Someone just set us up over the phone and he flew out to Nashville and that was it,” James said. Both women say they have to scale back everything that they’re doing during the football season to make sure they are with their fiances during the rare moments when they aren’t practicing, watching film, lifting weights or eating and sleeping.
Fiancees Of Broncos Decker, Woodyard Make Wedding Plans
After one of the most entertaining and transitional seasons in National Football League history, the 50 voters for the Associated Press 2012 All-NFL team seemed to be on the same page naming stars, with one mega-exception.
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Watt, Peterson unanimous All-Pros; Calvin Johnson near miss (The SportsXchange)
It would be a stretch to blame Peyton Manning for his first interception against the Ravens. But the Broncos sure might have a case to blame the officials. On a short pass to Eric Decker, Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown tipped the ball in the air. The replays seemed to show Brown got there early and hit Decker before the ball got there. There was no flag on the ground as Baltimore’s Corey Graham took the ball out of the air and returned it for a touchdown. The Ravens led 14-7 and in 5:11 of game action there was a punt return touchdown by Denver, a long touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith to tie the game, then a pick six.
Ravens get a pick six, may have gotten away with pass interference (Shutdown Corner)
After falling behind the Denver Broncos 7-0 on a 90-yard punt return by Trindon Holliday, the Baltimore Ravens nearly had a full meltdown similar to the one they had against the Broncos in their regular season meeting. On the ensuing kickoff after Holliday’s touchdown, Ravens wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones bobbled Matt Prater’s kick, setting the Ravens up at their own six-yard line. A two-yard run by rookie Bernard Pierce was followed by an incomplete pass attempt from Joe Flacco to tight end Ed Dickson. Another incomplete pass attempt from Flacco to wide receiver Tandon Doss was negated by a 25-yard pass interference penalty on Broncos cornerback Tony Carter, giving the Ravens new life. Baltimore would not squander the opportunity.
Joe Flacco hits Torrey Smith for 59-yard touchdown (Shutdown Corner)
The Denver Broncos would very much like to thank the Houston Texans for waiving return man Trindon Holliday after Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. The Broncos picked up the third-year man from LSU, and they haven’t lost a game since. In fact, Holliday was 5-0 with the Texans, and 11-0 with the Broncos in the regular season. That’s an interesting trivia note, but when the Broncos kicked things off against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs, Holliday showed pretty quickly that he’s more than just a guy who hangs around while his team picks up victories. The Ravens got the ball to start, and had to punt after five plays from their own 38-yard line. Rookie punter Justin Tucker booted the ball down to the Denver 10-yard line, whereupon Holliday ran it all the way back, 90 yards, for a touchdown. He was helped greatly by Baltimore’s seeming resistance to having any of their special teams tacklers on the defensive left side of the field. Holliday had one punt return and one kick return each for touchdowns in the regular season.
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Denver’s Trindon Holliday, ‘Mr. Perfect,’ gets the Broncos going with early punt return touchdown (Shutdown Corner)
DENVER, Colo. – The pregame chatter about it being very cold here for the AFC playoff game between the Ravens and Broncos is very true. Trust me. This is very close to being the coldest game of Peyton Manning’s NFL career, in fact. The coldest game Manning has started before today was 12 degrees, at Buffalo in 2009. The Broncos announced that the temperature for kickoff is 13 degrees.
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Welcome to Denver – it’s cold (almost the coldest game of Peyton Manning’s career, in fact) (Shutdown Corner)
DENVER (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he doesn’t have a problem with the way the Washington Redskins medical staff handled Robert Griffin III’s knee injury.
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Goodell has no issue in handing of RG3’s injury (The Associated Press)
DENVER — As expected, it’s absolutely frigid here at Mile High. The current temperature is 14 degrees, but the wind chill makes it feel like 3 degree…
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Time to put on your gloves … or not
Both Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis are first-ballot, “no-duh” Hall of Famers, and both may the greatest ever to play their positions. In each case, Lewis and Manning have combined great physical gifts, outstanding work ethics, and unparalleled competitive desire to set paths in the NFL that will be remembered forever. For Lewis, who announced that this will be his last season, that path is about to come to an end — either in Saturday’s divisional game against Manning’s Denver Broncos, or after one or two more possible postseason games after. For Manning, his amazing recovery from multiple neck injuries has given him a new professional lease on life, which he’ll try to extend against Lewis’ Baltimore Ravens. The two players think the world of each other, but in the one-on-ones, history is very much on Manning’s side. In nine regular-season games against the Ravens in his career, Manning has completed 196 passes in 303 attempts for 2,477 yards, 18 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. Manning’s teams have also beaten Lewis’ Ravens twice in the postseason, with no losses. The Ravens had to know that they were in trouble against this guy from Manning’s rookie season — in a 38-31 Ravens win over the Colts in November of 1998, Manning went 27 of 42 for 357 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. “Peyton was very mature coming out of Tennessee,” Lewis recently told NFL Films. “It’s no secret why he’s still playing at the level he’s playing at.” And as much as Manning has lit Lewis’ defenses up through the years, his respect for the great linebacker is equal to Lewis’ respect for him. “Ray is just as intense and passionate in the fourth quarter of the fourth preseason game as he is in the first quarter of a playoff game,” Manning said of Lewis. “His passion has not changed one bit since 1998, the first year I played against him.” “He came in the first couple years and lit up the scene,” Lewis remembered. “And he made one of the greatest throws [when the Colts met the Ravens in 2007] to Dallas Clark on a big third down. Before Dallas came out of his break, [Peyton] had already released the ball.” As Manning noted at the time, Baltimore defender Corey Ivy could not have covered Clark any better — it’s just that Manning threw Clark open as well as any quarterback possibly could. “Ray and I have had a number of good battles against each other, and it’s been the same way where I’ve gotten beat. You congratulate him and you wish him luck.” When the Broncos beat the Ravens, 34-17 in Week 15 of this season, Manning’s stats weren’t that impressive — 17 of 28 for 204 yards and one touchdown — but it was the ways in which the Ravens set their defense for what they expected Manning to do, and how Manning countered by audibling to running play after running play that gashed Baltimore’s defense. Lewis was not in that game, and Manning is well aware that his presence today will alter the stakes.
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Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning have a mutual admiration thing going on (Shutdown Corner)
If you’re a Patriots follower and planning to watch today’s AFC divisional-round playoff game between the visiting Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos…
Ravens-Broncos from Pats’ view