EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Perhaps the ultimate dream, playing a Super Bowl in your home state, became reality for four Broncos on Sunday.
And for no one was that more apparent last week than for Denver safety Mike Adams, who vowed after the AFC championship game that he would walk directly to Paterson, N.J., where he was born, if his team won Super Bowl XLVIII.
Estimated distance from MetLife Stadium: 9.4 miles. Estimated walking time: 2 1/2 hours.
No surprise he pulled back on the promise closer to kickoff (not that it was ever in danger once the game started).
For Adams, home wasn’t so sweet against the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium, where Denver lost Sunday 43-8 but being able to celebrate with a community, along with family and friends, added special memories to an already special Super Bowl buildup for Adams, running back Knowshon Moreno (born in Belford), linebacker Shaun Phillips (went to high school in Willingboro) and defensive end Robert Ayers (born in Jersey City).
Adams had a pep rally held in Paterson in his honor: It was a warm welcome. That definitely gave me chills.
Fox joins elite company
Denver’s John Fox became the sixth coach in NFL history to lead two teams in a Super Bowl on Sunday, joining Mike Holmgren (Green Bay, Seattle), Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia, St. Louis), Dan Reeves (Denver, Atlanta), Bill Parcells (New York Giants, New England) and Don Shula (Baltimore Colts, Miami).
Need your stars
It was no secret that if the Broncos were going to be successful, it would be behind Peyton Manning’s lead. Two first-half interceptions were an ominous start.
Obviously, your star players have to be great in championship games, Fox said before the game.
Manning came into the game with an 11-11 record in the playoffs.
Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas caught his 12th pass on the final play of the third quarter, a 14-yard touchdown reception. The 12 catches were a Super Bowl record. Thomas finished with 13 catches.
The Broncos hold the three largest halftime deficits in Super Bowls (25 points to Washington in Super Bowl XXII, a 42-10 loss; 24 points to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIV, a 55-10 loss; 22 points to Seattle on Sunday).