Win carries meaning for McDaniels

Denver coach Josh McDaniels may have said all week tonight’s game would be just like any other, but after the 20-17 overtime win, McDaniels said, “I lied.”

After coaching eight seasons with the Patriots, McDaniels said “it was a little bit more special to me because I knew how hard it would be to beat them. They don’t beat themselves. I think we lost the turnover margin again today. They were 53-0 in the last six years when they lost the turnover margin. They just don’t make mistakes like that and they didn’t really today. I knew that we would have to be incredibly prepared as a staff. We would have to have a great week of practice. Our players would have to be really in tune with the game plan and play extremely hard for 60 minutes. I knew we would have to make some adjustments.
“It was a great challenge to coach against [Bill Belichick] and his staff and playing against his team with all those great players and that’s why it’s special. It’s not just special because I was in New England, it’s special because our team put in the time and the effort and the work that it required for us to have a chance to compete with them at the end. And I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

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