With their team's playoff hopes on the line, Sunday night was a big night for local Broncos fans. While most of them weren't able to make the trek to San Diego for the game, they did make it out to local sports bars in a big way.
The staff at Old Chicago says most Sunday their nights are pretty tame, as the football fans who pack the restaurant for the early games usually filter out around 5:00pm. But this Sunday night was very different.
"We expected to be busy, but as soon as we got hit, we got hit all at once," said Scott Bialkowski, General Manager of Old Chicago.
Broncos fans came into the bar in waves just in time for the 6:15pm kickoff.
"I'm a Bronco Maniac, baby," said Broncos fan Jamison.
"Go Broncos!," shouted Broncos fan Laurent Bainter.
With the AFC West title and a spot in the playoffs on the line, it's no wonder they did.
"Every other game means nothing if we don't win tonight," said Jamison. "This is the game."
"Besides a chance to see friends, it's a chance to see the Broncos take the division and beat the Chargers," said Bainter.
"My wife is watching chick flicks at home," said Broncos fan Jeff Abeyta. "So I had to get out and watch it somewhere else."
Even a few brave Chargers fans joined the party.
"San Diego Super Chargers!," sang Chargers fan Jennifer York.
York and her group of friends say watching their team make the playoffs was worth standing out in the sea of blue and orange.
"Do I look scared?" laughed York.
The night was filled with emotional highs -- and unfortunately, a lot more sobering lows. But that's why some say there is no better atmosphere to watch a game in than a crowded sports bar full of other fans.
"They feel the same way I do whenever something happens," said Abeyta.
While the Old Chicago staff says a Broncos victory is never a bad thing, win or lose, they always leave the night after Broncos games feeling pretty good.
"No matter what time they play it's great, but if they're off, they have a bye week, or they play Monday night our Sunday struggles," said Bialkowski. "So it's great to have them on a Sunday."
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