High-flying Texans versus a perennial powerhouse on highly-inhospitable turf. The result? A 'Boston Massacre.' 42-14 Patriots.
"Outcoached, outplayed, outclassed, embarrassed." Those were the harsh but true words of Josh Innes of Sports Radio 610. "The concern is that going into the playoffs when you need to be playing your best football they are playing bad football right now."
Over the radio airwaves on this the day after, towering expectations gave way to disappointment and emerging doubt.
"They don't make good adjustments. That's the problem," said one caller.
"You got your letterman jackets, you're rocking and rolling, your face is on pinball machines. You go into Boston and they kick your ass," said Innes.
"I don't have faith that he's (coach Gary Kubiak) the guy to take us over the hill where we need to go," said another caller.
"They didn't show up. That's the bottom line," said Rich Lord, Sports Radio 610 show host.
Hypercritical talk aimed at a team that still sits at 11 wins and 2 losses and has locked up playoff berth.
Lord and a legion of Texans faithful believe Kubiak's crew can transform Monday's desperation into some stretch run inspiration.
"I believe this team is still experienced enough and has been through enough that they can still get where they want to go this season," said Lord.