The Denver Broncos‘ defense has been criticized all season long. There could not have been a better time for the team to find that defense that they have been known for in the past.
The defense has allowed an average of just 16.5 points in the Broncos’ two postseason games. They have completely shut down the offenses of the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, especially in the first half where they only allowed a combined three points.
The total offensive yards allowed by the defense has also dropped. In the two games, they allowed just under 290 yards on average against a solid but not elite quarterback in Phillip Rivers, and a future HOF quarterback in Tom Brady.
What has been leading the emergence of the Broncos’ defense has been the running defense. This unit was one of the top 10 almost all season long, but has really stepped up in the playoffs, stuffing running backs Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount and not allowing either to have a great game. In fact, both running backs struggled.
Having players like Shaun Phillips and Terrance Knighton sure did help with that, and having solid corners in Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also didn’t exactly hurt.
While the offense has gotten the credit all season long for the Broncos, the defense has shone in the playoffs . This defense has been through a lot injury-wise, and have had to answer the doubt and criticism they have received. But when you really look at it, this team has done their best to make sure they could get far, and it looks like it has gotten them far enough to play for a third championship.