Shanahan can relate to Packers

Shanahan can relate to Packers
December 18, 2011, 4:00 pm
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Redskins make their second regular season appearance at the monstrosity known as MetLife Stadium later today when they play the Giants.

Across the way is where the old Giants Stadium once stood and where Denvers quest for a perfect season ended 13 years ago this week.

That topic came up Friday for coach Mike Shanahan to chat about since hes the only current NFL coach who can relate to what Mike McCarthy is facing in Green Bay 13-0 defending Super Bowl champions.

The Broncos quest ended when they lost 20-16 at the Giants and then lost the following Monday night in Miami. They eventually repeated as champions.

There was talk all the time about the streak, Shanahan said. You look back and say, That would have been pretty special because its history. New England is a perfect example of that going undefeated and all of a sudden, not taking advantage of it and people forget about you pretty quick.

The Broncos second Super Bowl team finished 17-2; the Patriots were 18-0 before losing the February 2008 title game to the Giants.

Of the confidence in the building when a team is undefeated so late in the season, Shanahan said: Youre feeling good. You get on a roll and usually everything is going your way not a lot of injuries and playing at a high level. That confidence just keeps on growing.

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