The Denver Broncos are embracing their underdog persona.
Entering Sunday's AFC Championship Game, the Broncos were three point underdogs. However it appeared nearly every analyst believed that Tom Brady and the Patriots would find a way to advance to the Super Bowl.
The Broncos defense proved everybody wrong and dominated Brady, Gronk and Edelman en route to a 20-18 win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Broncos felt that they were not getting the due.
"We felt like we were totally disrespected by everybody in the media," safety T.J.Ward said, via Andrew Mason of the team website. "I don't think I heard one telecast about us winning. And as good a defense as we've been playing all year, that was the focal point: that Tom Brady was going to shred us apart. So we took total disrespect to that. Total disrespect.
"Besides the big plays at the end of the game, I think (Brady) had about 150 yards passing, got sacked (four) times, threw (two) picks. We dogged him. We dominated him."
The Panthers are currently 4.5 point favorites in Super Bowl 50, making the Broncos once again the underdogs.
Their attitude towards being looked over has not changed.
"We feed off that," Ward said. "Keep us the underdog, whoever wins this game. Tell us how bad we are, and how we can't cover and stop this person, and I bet we win the Super Bowl."
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