Broncos look to ignore distractions, finish big against New England

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DENVER — Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox confirmed today that cornerback Chris Harris’ season is over due to a torn ACL. With all the injuries this defense has dealt with, the players continue to push forward.

“I wish him the best and a speedy recovery, but we just have to focus on the task at hand right now and that’s New England,” DT Terrance Knighton said.

Ah, yes. New England. It’s a rematch of that cold November game where the Broncos blew a 24-point lead in Foxboro.

“I don’t know if I have beaten them in my time in Denver, so this is a huge game,” said WR Eric Decker. “We get to go to the Super Bowl if we win.”

“It helps to have been there before,” Fox said. “They talk about about golfers. It’s important to have the lead going into Sunday so you know how to handle it.”

“We didn’t finish,” Decker said of the previous New England game. “That was a hard lesson learned throughout the year. I thought we had a couple (instances of that) throughout the year.”

It will be the 15th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. They have faced off three times in the playoffs. Brady won 2 of them, and the winner of all three has gone on to win the Super Bowl.

“Tom Brady has just been an outstanding quarterback for such a long time, but the game next week is the Broncos versus the Patriots,” Manning said. “I know there will be some individual matchups that get headlines, but it will be a battle between two good teams. Teams that have been through a lot, that have overcome a lot to get to this point and that’s where my focus will be. Trying to help the Broncos get a win against the Patriots.”


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