It's early in the season, the 2013-14 National Football League season, but I'll go out on a limb and call the Denver Broncos versus Dallas Cowboys game in Dallas on Sunday the game of the year. Tony Romo threw for over 500 yards (with five touchdown passes and 1 interception) before sack yardage was determined so he finished under that incredible number. Each team had total yardage over 500 yards. Peyton Manning threw for a mere 414 yards (with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.) It was back and forth the whole game. Dallas ran only 54 plays to the Broncos' 73 and the running games were there to keep the defenses marginally honest, but there were 99 points scored and everyone knew the Broncos were gonna' score a ton of points since as far as I know the divisional title isn't wrapped up yet here in week five.
The drama was and couldn't have been more fitting: this drama for Rocky Mountain fans ended with a 28-yard Denver field goal--a mere chippy--as time literally went to zero. This wasn't a Rocky story from Philadelphia where Rocky Balboa crawled onto the field (into the ring) on a hidden source of energy and slipped as he kicked a 64-yard field goal that hit the upright then the crossbar and fell over behind the goal post for a game winner.
Sylvester Stallone's underdog part was played by Tony Romo today: but they had no winning punch. So, on Sunday Dallas (Rocky Balboa) loses and Rocky (the Rocky Mountains) wins.
If you're into gaudy numbers Denver has them; they came into the game averaging 44.75 points a game so with the 51 points their average went up to an even 46 points/game. Wow!. I think Most Valuable Player is spelled P-e-y-t-o-n-M-a-n-n-i-n-g this season.
Consider this: there were 17 scoring drives in this game. Dallas once led by 10 points and Denver had a lead of 15 points. There was no 100-yard rusher in the game. The two teams combined for over 1000 yards total offense.
The attached video speaks to the MVP situation (or controversy?) and also discusses some current NFL stories.