I've never understood why a team would want to start the game with the ball. Games are NEVER won in the 1st half and certainly not on the 1st drive. I know folks believe getting off to a quick start and playing with a lead is the reason, but why? In today's NFL so many games come down to the 4th quarter, and more often than not the last drive. So why a team wouldn't choose to ALWAYS get the ball to begin the 2nd half is beyond me.
If my memory is serving me correctly, almost every time Denver wins the coin toss at the beginning of the game they elect to receive. Why? Getting the ball to start the 2nd half serves two important options. The 1st is that if you have a lead at halftime you can control the ball immediately to begin the 2nd half, which is by far the most important one, and give your team the chance to score more points extending your lead. The 2nd option and the more important one is that if your team is behind you can immediately get the ball and start to work on your comeback, without having to create turnover or getting a 3 and out.
In sports and in a lot of things in life, it's not how you start it's how you finish. The way the game is designed there seems to be such a huge advantage in my opinon to start with the ball in the 2nd half. It really makes no logical sense to not want the ball to start the 2nd half. Another example would be baseball. I've always argued that of all major sports being the home team in baseball is the largest advantage for no other reason than the home team gets last at bat. In theory, even if the home team is down 100 runs, they still can win the game. Getting the last chance is huge, and it is also huge to start the 2nd half automatically getting the ball.
If last night was not a premium example of that logic, nothing ever will be. The whole comeback relied on getting the ball immediately and setting the tempo with a TD. The confidence your team can draw from that helps getting the proverbial snowball rolling down hill. Plus, you've made the score closer... screw the confidence and tempo!
Thank goodness we lost the toss and San Diego went with ass-backward logic and took the ball to begin the game!