Recap: The Broncos won their first playoff game in six years when quarterback Tim Tebow hit receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard pass play for a touchdown on the first offensive play of overtime. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it was the longest overtime touchdown in NFL playoff history.
Biggest area to fix: Running back Willis McGahee fumbled twice and lost one in the fourth quarter that resulted in Pittsburgh scoring the tying touchdown to send the game to overtime. McGahee ran the ball well against New England in Week 15 before he was hurt. He needs to rebound for Denver.
Biggest area to build on: It has to be Tebow’s ability to throw the ball. Tebow was making great strides and he threw the ball well in a 41-23 loss to the Patriots. However, he slumped badly in the next two games. He came alive in the second quarter Sunday when he threw for 185 yards. He ended up with 316 yards passing.
What to watch for: Will Josh McDaniels be the Patriots’ secret weapon? Denver’s former head coach has just been hired as an assistant in New England after he was let out of his contract in St. Louis. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator in New England before being hired in Denver in 2009. He lasted 28 games. He obviously knows the Broncos’ roster.