KUSA - There is no revenge, retribution or otherwise for the Denver Broncos. It's impossible for Denver make the Baltimore Ravens feel even remotely close to the agony the Broncos shared as a team following their excruciating double-overtime defeat in January.
Reliving those moments - the shock immediately following and the elongated torment as Baltimore went on to win the Super Bowl - will certainly not help the team prepare for their season opener.
"I don't feel like there is [any added motivation]. I feel like this is a new season for us," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "So if people need that for an extra incentive, that's fine, but I think there's plenty just with the schedule and the timing of when we're playing."
They had their chance, and they slipped up. And while Manning and the Broncos will go back and look at the film of that playoff game, if not as a catalyst for the team but rather to help fix their errors that cost them, even Baltimore noted that a reenactment would not be favorable.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco pointed that they don't want to put themselves in that same position, behind by seven with less than a minute to play in the game, either. Those final moments though, are the ones printed in everybody's minds.
"It's not about me. It's about the team," safety Rahim Moore said of getting the chance to meet the Ravens again.
He infamously let Jacoby Jones get behind him and allow the game-tying touchdown.
"We all lost together, we all suffered. The good thing about it is that it's a whole new year. Nobody remembers what you did last year," Jones said.
The Broncos' aspirations are high as ever with their sights set on the Lombardi Trophy. They are the same goals they had some months ago, stymied by the team they not-so-coincidentally face Thursday.
"We have a chip on our shoulder, but we're not going to let the emotions get to us or any of that," defensive lineman Derek Wolfe said. "We're going to go out there and do what we do."
It may not have the same ramifications as their last meeting at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. While enacting revenge isn't technically a possibility, the Broncos surely aren't in the business of letting them forget.
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