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  PRE-GAME, POST-GAME, AND HALFTIME ANALYSIS

A tie is like kissing your sister.

You win as a team, you lose as a team.

It's been a tale of two halves.

Turnovers will be the key.

The intangibles will be the key.

Statistics can be misleading.

Statistics tell the whole story.

That's the key statistic.

That's the key to the game.

You take what the defense gives you.

This is always a tough place to play.

We don't play these games on paper.

Both teams are playing at a high level.

We've got an intriguing matchup.  (Used most often to describe first-round games in the NCAA basketball tournament)

We've got the league's best offense against the league's best defense -- something's got to give.

These two teams don't like each other.

There's been a lot of trash talking.

There's no love lost between these two teams.

There's bad blood between these two teams.

When these two teams get together you can throw out their records.

Itís gonna be a war out there.

It's going to be a battle of the titans.

It's going to be a battle of epic proportions.

This is a game for the ages.

This is a pivotal game for them.

This is their watershed game.

They're coming off a heartbreaking loss.

A win today snaps their four game losing streak.

This game is for the bragging rights.

They're the sentimental favorites.

They match up well.

He gets the most out of his players.

There are no easy games in this league.

The season is a marathon - not a sprint.

Bad calls even out over the course of a season.

On any given day any team is capable of beating another team.

Good teams get better down the stretch.

They really have to take it to them.

They have to play with their ears pinned back.

They need to turn up the intensity.

They have to step up and make plays.

They have to come out of the locker room fired up.

They're loaded for bear.

They have to go out and take care of business.

They can't let the crowd faze them.

They have to get after it.

They have to rise to the occasion.

They have to leave everything on the field.

They have to stay hungry.

They have to keep the continuity.

They can't look past these guys.

They can't take these guys lightly.

They have to avoid a big letdown.

They have to come together as a team.

They have to believe in themselves.

They have to play within themselves.

They have to play like they're capable of playing.

They have to step up their offensive production.

They have to get the big guy involved in the offense.

They'll have to find a way to contain John Elway.

They'll have to find a way to limit what Elway can do.

They can't expect to shut Elway down completely.

They can't be intimidated.

They must control the tempo of the game.

They have to dictate the tempo.

They have to stick to their bread-and-butter offense.

They should stick to the fundamentals.

They have to eliminate the mental mistakes.

They have to dig deep.

They have to suck it up.

They have to crank it up.

They have to turn it up a notch.

They need to step up to the next level.

They must capitalize on their opportunities.

They have to take advantage of their opportunities.

They have to bend but not break.

They have to stretch their defense.

They have to shore up their defense.

They have to pull out all the stops.

They should just go out there and have fun.

They're playing for pride.

They're playing the role of spoilers.

They went 80 yards in the ensuing possession. (Game analysis rarely uses the simple words `next' or `following'. Announcers strongly prefer `ensuing' to sound more scholarly)

The final score was not a true indication.

The game was a lot closer than the final score indicates.

It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback.

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