The one point Kubiak tried to get across before his team’s wild-card matchup was that regardless of the hiccups that may come in a game, they had to keep playing. Their 19-13 win over Cincinnati last Saturday was by no means artful, but Kubiak said he saw his team play in a way it hadn’t in the past month.
“I thought after some of the things we went through in the last month, I thought I saw a little apprehension in some things that we were doing,” Kubiak said. “I just think sometimes we weren’t playing as fast as we’ve normally played, so our message last week was about speed overcoming mistakes and cutting it loose, and it’s been the same way this week. For us to win when we go in there, we have to make plays all over the place.”
And they’ll have to forget about the ones they didn’t.
“The playoffs is a new season,” said tight end Owen Daniels. “We knew we had done a lot of good things this season and the only perception that really matters is what we’ve got going on in this locker room.
“We were 12-4, which is pretty darn good. We didn’t end the season the way we wanted to, so we kind of got ourselves into a little bit of a corner playing on the road instead of at home, but we’re still playing in the divisional round, it’s the playoffs, and we’re excited to be in the position that we’re in. So, we’re planning to make the most of it.”
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