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John Fox: Peyton Manning played well enough for us to win

Broncos head coach Fox and Manning talk on the sidelines as the game against the Kansas City Chiefs winds down in Denver Reuters

Broncos coach John Fox says quarterback Peyton Manning does not deserve the blame for Saturday’s loss to the Ravens. The Broncos’ secondary, however, is another story.

Fox acknowledged at his season-ending press conference today that it took a major screw-up by both the coaching staff and the secondary to allow Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones to get open for a 70-yard touchdown with 31 seconds to play.

“I think if you gave a coach and players that opportunity to win a divisional playoff game, 10 out of 10 times they would take it,” Fox said of being ahead 35-28 with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. “I wish we would have done a better job of coaching it and executing it than what happened.”

But even after giving up that touchdown, the Broncos had a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, the Broncos’ offense managed just 53 yards on 14 plays after the Ravens’ game-tying touchdown, and on the last of those 14 plays, Manning threw an interception that set up the Ravens’ game-winning field goal. Fox, however, says the responsibility for the loss does not fall on Manning.

“In my opinion Peyton played well enough for us to win, we just came up short,” Fox said.

It’s emerging as one of the themes of Manning’s career that his greatness in the regular season is almost always followed by a postseason in which his team comes up short.

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  1. brutus9448 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:26 PM

    I doubt the broncos will win a SB with manning. His throws in the last game showed he was pushing 40

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jan 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    He also played poorly enough to lose…just like all of his playoff losses. Hahahahaha…yes!!

  3. Ponder This says: Jan 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    John Fox was channeling Denny Green with that take a knee call with 31 seconds left and Manning was channeling Favre with the across-the-body interception. Viking fans know your pain, Bronco fans.

  4. coutre says: Jan 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    PEYTON MANNING: JOHN FOX DID NOT COACH WELL ENOUGH FOR US TO WIN
    (Shouldn’t I have know this after guiding Carolina to mediocrity?)

  5. fanofevilempire says: Jan 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    two timeouts, 30 seconds to go and you take a knee……………….

    why would you not let your 20 mil franchise player go get you the first down…………

    why is your safety back pedaling, play the man not the ball.

    oh boy !

  6. poohman1975 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    Choke artist. Playoff record says it all.

  7. fcrraptor720 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    30 sec left in 4th, 2 time outs, Peyton manning behind the helm…. Tell me again why they didn’t take a shot to end the game in regulation?

  8. rc33 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    The Broncos lost a playoff game where one of their guy’s had TWO kick returns for TD’s.
    Seriously doubt that’s ever happened before in a postseason game.
    Both QB’s had their opportunities in the extra session.
    Payton’s O.T. interception pretty much decided the outcome.

  9. Ali Miller says: Jan 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    As someone who watched every second of that extremely painful game, Fox is correct. It wasn’t Peyton’s fault, OT INT notwithstanding. We had the game locked. It was over. But thanks to the errors from Champ Bailey, Rahim Moore, and Matt Prater (among others), we ended up handing a game *we had already won* to the Ravens.

    It was a full team meltdown.

  10. crubenst says: Jan 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    If Tebow were quarterbacking he would have made sure the defense was coached up enough not to let up a touchdown bomb with a 30 seconds to play.

  11. ravenator says: Jan 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    Hey diddle diddle Ray Rice up the middle. AFC Championship, what!

  12. threatlevelbob says: Jan 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    I’m sorry, but even 4x League MVP quarterbacks don’t get off scot-free after turning the ball over three times in a playoff loss. He’s not the only one to blame but he deserves his fair share.

  13. eatitfanboy says: Jan 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    Did no one ask him about why he had Manning take a knee with 31 seconds to go and 2 timeouts or did you just not include it?

    Because to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t think there are too many Bronco fans that care very much about whether John Fox thinks Peyton Manning played well enough to win the game.

    But I bet there are PLENTY who wonder why Fox didn’t trust Manning to move the team into field goal range at the end of regulation.

  14. thehuckster404 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    “Champ Bailey, however, did not”

  15. commonsensedude says: Jan 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    Manning did play well enough to win, although he obviously made a couple of mistakes. But it’s Denver’s SECONDARY that lost the game for them. They made Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana (which isn’t necessarily easy to do).

    Put it this way. When the Redskins secondary finds a way to stop Flacco and your team’s secondary doesn’t, that means your team’s secondary had a very, very bad day.

  16. whatnojets says: Jan 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ah!! So they DID find an excuse afterall!!

  17. hireclixscott says: Jan 14, 2013 2:34 PM

    How many times has it been said that Peyton Manning is his own OC? Picks are picks. Fox is taking the blame to take the heat off of Manning.

  18. stillers6 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    “Hey John, that was to conservative even in my book”

    Sincerely,

    Marty schottenheimer

  19. weepingjebus says: Jan 14, 2013 2:37 PM

    I was a bit worried there following the 4 neck surgeries that we might not ever see the real Peyton Manning again. But you have to admit it was like old times out there, watching him make faces at his WRs and ultimately flame out of the playoffs in historic fashion. He’s back!

  20. ezwriter69 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:38 PM

    The final interception was a nearly identical throw to the one Brett Favre is still being eviscerated for four years later, but Saint Peyton gets a pass from the media and fans.

    Peyton’s postseason stats: 9-11 record, 32-21 td-int, 88 rating. Can’t confirm, but according to one blogger, nine of eleven losses as a favorite, seven as a home favorite.

    Greatest regular season qb ever, MEDIOCRE postseason.

  21. flash1283 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:38 PM

    Yeah, you know except for the 3 turn overs that directly led to 17 points for the Ravens. Included that horrible pass in OT throwing back across his body.

    But other than that he was great!

  22. bennyb82 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:38 PM

    It is mind boggling that they would tell Peyton to take a knee with 30 seconds and two timeouts. If Baltimore won the coin flip and went down the field and scored a TD, Manning would not have even touched the football. With two timeouts, 30 seconds is more like 1 minute or more without timeouts…and all you need to do is kick a field goal…and you have one of the greatest qbs EVER. That is almost as bad of a coaching move as Shanahan leaving RG3 in the game with one leg.

  23. pacodawg says: Jan 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    The great John Fox. Got just as far with Tebow at the helm. He blew it big time.

  24. tv426 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    I like PM a lot. However, if you look at his career, it isn’t just the post season, it is any big game. I think he falls under the classic “bully” scenario. He beats up big time on the “little guys” but when a big boy comes around he doesn’t have what it takes to get it done.

    But the media loves him so no matter what they will heap award after award on him (and Brady).

  25. thrillomania says: Jan 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    Well, obviously it was Reggie Waynes’ fault. Oh wait sorry wrong season ending Interception. is it written into this guys contract that he can’t take any blame or criticism. yeah the last coach who criticized Peytons play got fired (hello Jim Mora), but seriously. The guy threw 2 Picks & lost a fumble. that’s 3 turn overs from the QB position! is it all his fault? no, but he deserves some of the blame.

  26. jpak12 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    The funniest part of all this is while building Peyton Manning up all season all you heard was he is the real coach he is the offensive play caller, then after the loss the same people were saying this loss isn’t on manning at all and that all the blame offensively goes to the offensive coordinator/ coach and you can’t blame Manning. But according to these very same people the offensive play calling is all on Manning. It’s just very funny how far people reach to build him up and how far they reach to defend him. He gets all the credit when things go good but no fault when they lose, this includes his pick 6 in the SB and the INT in OT.

  27. lrt79 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Well he’s technically correct. If the Broncos defense hadn’t caved, it never would have come down to OT.

  28. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Broncos fans are finally starting to learn what Colts fans learned a long time ago – Peyton isn’t good when it matters most. But if you need a regular season win, indoors against a bad team, he’s your guy.

  29. ill42 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Worst coverage ever!

  30. illinininer says: Jan 14, 2013 2:41 PM

    I was happy then and I’m happy now… glad he didn’t pick San Fran!

  31. shaggytoodle says: Jan 14, 2013 2:41 PM

    That’s ironic because Tim Tebow did much of the same, last season and he got sent packing.

    Tebow also didn’t have a huge price tag attached to him.

    Maybe if they didn’t pay Manning so much they could have afforded a DB that wouldn’t let a WR get over the top.

  32. ducksouped says: Jan 14, 2013 2:43 PM

    The safeties not deep enough did not lose the game for you, you lost when you allowed a 3rd and 13 from the ravens end zone to Pitta. That was the game right there. You stop Baltimore there, and we have to punt from the depths, and you get the ball around mid field at worst. Plenty of blame to go around tho.

  33. str8up12 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Actually his team spotted him 14 points, his turnovers spotted the Ravens 17 points. It’s Peyton Manning though. It can’t possibly be his fault. If Brady throws an int in OT like that next week, I and everyone else will lay the blame where it belongs.

  34. mrstinkypants says: Jan 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    Manning deserves some of the blame. He Brett Farve’d that pass across his body for the INT.

  35. nyjetsfan08 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    Essentially took two knees, one at the end of the half, and the other at the end of the 4th quarter. The first one, fine, it’s not the end of the game. You’re tied up. I would do take a shot, especially since you have your timeouts, but fine.

    However, the 4th quarter was no excuse. That’s gotta be on John Fox. They should have went for it. You have one of the great all-time QBs, all $20 million of him, and you don’t try two win the game?!? I’m sorry, that’s a terrible job on the coach.

    And I don’t know if I even believe Manning on the 3rd and 7 , that it would his call. If it was, I wonder if he saw pass and went with the run, even though the run wasn’t working all day. But the conservative calls wreaked of John Fox, which makes me think that Manning is covering for the coach.

  36. fwippel says: Jan 14, 2013 2:46 PM

    Ponder This says:
    Jan 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    John Fox was channeling Denny Green with that take a knee call with 31 seconds left and Manning was channeling Favre with the across-the-body interception. Viking fans know your pain, Bronco fans.

    ——————————————–

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing watching that. Funny thing is, the very next day, with exactly 31 seconds left, the Falcons did put together a scoring drive that won the game and sent them to the NFC Championship.

    Yeah, the defense messed up royally by giving up that long TD pass in the final minute. But Peyton Manning could have completed a couple of passes to get Denver into at least possible scoring position. It’s not like the guy hasn’t done it (several times) before.

    And yes that interception was Favre-esque, and ill-advised throw that you have to wonder what the heck he was thinking.

    “We just came up short”? Yeah, well that has a tendency to happen when you take a knee with 31 seconds left and two timeouts, and actually risk giving the Ravens a chance to win without you ever getting the ball in OT (by scoring a TD). Fox allowed himself to be outcoached.

  37. nesby2 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:46 PM

    John Fox: Peyton Manning played well enough for us to win…..

    Yea & so did Tebow.. But that didn’t stop you or Horse Teeth (Elway) from running that young man out of town now did it?.. In case your looking for what happened Denver fans the word is called KARMA & the entire city had an indulgence in it on Saturday night. Lol

  38. 1grub says: Jan 14, 2013 2:46 PM

    Not really. Peyton showed why some call him “the best regular season QB” of all time.

  39. jjb0811 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:47 PM

    As always, Manning is bullet proof from any responsibility. 9-11 in playoffs, 8 one & done but he still has to be considered top 5 material because he’s such a nice guy.

    let me list what he has to overcome every year:
    1. no running game
    2. no Defense
    3. Not a HoF coach

    yeah yeah yeah; we know the sob story. Poor Manning has to do it all by himself.

  40. salutethis says: Jan 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    And cue the trolls….

  41. patpgh says: Jan 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    “Emerging”? Dude’s in his 15th year in the league. There’s nothing “emerging” about his playoff reputation. He’s the greatest regular season quarterback in NFL history.

  42. morty999 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:51 PM

    Oddly enough the Falcons had 31 seconds with two timeouts and they got down for a game winning FG. Different circumstances of course with the Falcons losing by a point and not tied up, but the Falcons only needed two 20 yard passes to get into FG range. Ravens also had zero timeouts, so even if you go incomplete on 1st and 2nd down you can still take a knee on third down to let the clock expire.

  43. zaggs says: Jan 14, 2013 2:53 PM

    Where as it seems Peyton’s brother Eli has the opposite problem. Inconsistent during the regular season, gold in the post season.

  44. kerbyjr1 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    Boy tebow won a playoff game last season here comes the great manning kick tebow ass out pay manning a load of cash and still no Super Bowl I guess he will win MVP raider nation out

  45. geniusesq says: Jan 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    The decision to take a knee with 30 seconds left? FAIL

    Ask Matt Ryan what you can do with 30 seconds. And, the Broncos were tied up.

  46. rockthered1286 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    If Manning played well enough to win, then Flacco and his 331 yds, 3 TD’s, 0 INT’s deserves some real praise…

    But I forgot. It’s Brady week so we won’t heard a single word about Joe.

  47. debbscott54 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Casey, you couldn’t be more wrong in your statement regarding Indianapolis Colts fans. True Colts fans love Peyton Manning and will always love him. What he did for our city and the Colts franchise is more than just about any player for any team has done. Again he’s not perfect as no one is and he’s had his struggles in the post season as well but he is one class act. He is a great quarterback which was shown last season. The Colts’ offense was missing only one player all year and that was Peyton Manning. We go 2-12. When Tom Brady was out for an entire season the Patriots went 11-5. Matt Cassel was his backup and he’s now the starting QB for Kansas City. He’s done nothing there. Tom Brady is a great QB but he’s also had the benefit of always having a very good to great team around him and that is the only reason he has 3 rings. If I had were a QB and had all the weapons he has at his disposal even I could win games!!

  48. troysmithsghost says: Jan 14, 2013 2:56 PM

    Of course he did, but the fix was in and the refs had to hand it to Baltimore no matter what happened.

  49. 2difshoe says: Jan 14, 2013 2:56 PM

    And I am sure Peyton feels he played well enough to collect 20 mil next year….. Hey John, we’ll leave the decision making up to the owners….lets hope you coached well enough to return next season.

  50. tonyugoh says: Jan 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    Manning certainly deserves his fair share after that pick in OT but I still blame Fox and the defense more, they never should’ve even been in OT in the first place.

    When its all said and done though, Denver still had a great season and far exceeded any expectations. Reminded me of the ’96 loss to the Jaguars or Manning’s Colts losing to Pittsburgh in ’05, and we all know how those teams followed up those devastating losses. As a Colts fan who will always hope for the best for him, I hope Peyton can silence his critics once and for all.

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    At least Fox admitted that poor coaching was a major factor in the loss.

  52. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    eatitfanboy says:

    But I bet there are PLENTY who wonder why Fox didn’t trust Manning to move the team into field goal range at the end of regulation.
    ==========================

    exactly right .. look at what matt ryan did with the falcons .. exact same thing .. except .. they attempted it and succeeded

  53. wikidpissah says: Jan 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    Fox is right, but Manning didn’t push them over the top either.

    All year long we heard that Peyton was the reason and was leading them to victory. When they lose, people blames everyone BUT Peyton.

  54. szwhtsup123 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:02 PM

    Peyton played well enough, Champ Bailey didn’t…..

  55. metalhead65 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    What the broncos need is a young running qb who could control the clock and complete enough passes to keep the defense off the field. they might be able to win a playoff game with somebody like that. somebody who could throw a 70yd. td pass against the top ranked defense in a playoff game. wait a min… nevermind!

  56. bucslose says: Jan 14, 2013 3:09 PM

    Of course nut he did make mistakes. One thing ill give Manning, he’s never been on a team that could carry him. Brady has. Bradys first Super Bowl teams Defense carried those teams more than brady

  57. iseek11 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:11 PM

    keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    eatitfanboy says:

    But I bet there are PLENTY who wonder why Fox didn’t trust Manning to move the team into field goal range at the end of regulation.
    ==========================

    exactly right .. look at what matt ryan did with the falcons .. exact same thing .. except .. they attempted it and succeeded

    The difference between playing to win and playing not to lose.

    How could you think you have a better chance in overtime than you would trying to get 40 yards in 30 seconds with two timeouts? Those timeouts allow you to use the middle of the field as well as the sidelines.

    Fox was simply afraid. He didn’t trust his team.

    etc…

  58. pillowporkers says: Jan 14, 2013 3:13 PM

    I watched the Atlanta Falcons get down the field in the exact same amount of time on the clock and the exact same amount of timouts left to get into FG range to win their game a day later. You simply don’t take that knee, especially when that’s the reason you go get Manning. As a Vikings fan in 1998 when Denny Green did the same thing with one of the top 5 offenses in history, I feel for ya Broncos fans. I knew as soon as the Broncos did that, they were playing not to lose, and in fact, they would lose.

  59. mungman69 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    The Broncos had like eight, EIGHT defensive backs in on that play. Just so happens that one was asleep. Man, that was the worst play of all time. Hell, I can jump like that.

  60. ihateravens says: Jan 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    I hate the Ravens – This game gave me a new found respect for the Raven and a new found hate for the Bronco’s. John Fox is dumb like a fox. Gave the game away. Sorry to say it but Peyton better stick to deliverying pizzas. Stick a fork in his career.

    Now I hate the Pats even more. Raven’s – are you up for the task?

  61. wikidpissah says: Jan 14, 2013 3:16 PM

    debbscott54 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Tom Brady is a great QB but he’s also had the benefit of always having a very good to great team around him and that is the only reason he has 3 rings. If I had were a QB and had all the weapons he has at his disposal even I could win games!!
    ————————————————–
    Please… For most of their careers, Manning had much better offensive talent around him.

    FIVE times Peyton has led the number one seed into the post season and lost game one, at home.

    In the regular season Manning is 154 -70, a .688 winning pct. In the post season he’s 9-11, a .450 winning pct. You don’t win almost 70% of your regular season games with a weak team around you.

    Brady is 136-39 .777 in the regular season, and 17-6 post season .739. In the post season they only play Playoff teams, so you expect a drop, but the comparison speaks for itself.

  62. marniblitz says: Jan 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    Lifelong Denver fan = the hardest loss in recent memory. We were outplayed pure and simple. Three strikes: 1) Abysmal defensive play 2) Manning’s 3 turnovers which all led to Raven’s scores 3) Conservative play-calling. There’s plenty of blame to go around. I’d love to see Manning step up to the plate like Moore and simply say, “I blew it. Blame me.” How refreshing.

  63. weizdumm says: Jan 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    It was an entertaining game but it was painfully obvious all year that the AFC is JV compared to the NFC, so the outcome will be of little consequence.

    Whoever makes it out of the AFC, is just lining up to be runner up.

    Combined, the Patriots and Ravens were 0-3 vs NFC playoff teams. Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks.

    I have no doubt that the Patriots are the class of the AFC but that hasn’t meant anything recently.

    I’d take the Falcons or 49ers against any AFC opponent.

  64. rbanks51 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:23 PM

    The fact is if Rahim Moore is a competent safety, Manning finishes the game with 3 TD 1 INT (on an obvious PI) and 1 fumble (on an obvious tuck rule) and he’s the hero of the game along with Holiday.

    Football is a funny game. It’s not as simple as looking at W-L record when judging a QB’s “clutchness”

  65. jimiinpa says: Jan 14, 2013 3:25 PM

    payton couldn’t win the big games at Tenn. either

  66. azarkhan says: Jan 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    jjb0811 says: As always, Manning is bullet proof from any responsibility…let me list what he has to overcome every year:
    1. no running game
    2. no Defense
    3. Not a HoF coach

    You forgot one. According to Colts fans, he never had any decent receivers (although Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne will both walk into the Hall of Fame).

  67. samarirolleout says: Jan 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Maybe the reason they took a knee at the end of the game was because they didn’t have faith in Peyton’s arm strength to get the ball down the field? As that game went on, especially in the 4th Q and OT, it was clear that Peyton’s arm wasn’t what it once was, whether it was due to his injuries/age or the cold, his passes didn’t look good. In fact, if I recall, he only threw a couple passes over 10-15 yards the entire game. They had success in the short passing game, but you can’t dink and dunk down the field with 30 seconds left. Everyone knows Ed Reed is aging too and not what he used to be, but all it would have taken was a 20-25 yard throw fluttering on Peyton and ending up in Reed’s hands, and it doesn’t even go to OT.

    I know what Matt Ryan & the Falcons did, but that was in a 70 degree dome and a QB in his prime . I don’t think it’s an apples to apples comparison to 35 year old Peyton playing in near 0 degree temperatures… Am I wrong in thinking this way?

  68. bloomingtonindy says: Jan 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Thats the same thing the Colts coaches said year after year, except in ’06 – that was a team win.

  69. cmonelisha says: Jan 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    everyone knows it comes down to those clutch plays in the postseason and peyton just doesnt have the ELI gene …

  70. scarletmacaw says: Jan 14, 2013 3:36 PM

    What hasn’t been said here, yet I thought was obvious, is that Peyton’s arm strength was gone by the end of the game. Denver mostly ran in overtime, and the few passes he threw tailed off short. Under those circumstances I fully understand why John Fox had him take a knee with 30 seconds left. Fox’s decision wasn’t stupid, and Peyton didn’t choke, he just physically couldn’t win the game passing at that point. Denver’s only hope was that they could either move the ball on the ground, run back another kickoff, or recover a turnover in FG range.

  71. lunchbox92 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:37 PM

    weizdumm,

    It was “obvious all year that the AFC is JV compared to the NFC”? Are you serious? The Cowboys were still alive to host a playoff game the last week of the season. That says a lot about the NFC field.

  72. jaypace says: Jan 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    Fact of the matter is this game should have been a blow out. If trindon Holliday doesn’t have those big returns the broncos are done. The ghost of tebows past now haunt the broncos, ha

  73. joecool16280 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    If it wasn’t for Rex Grossman he wouldn’t have his ring by default.

    Great guy, great QB, bad aura in the playoffs.

  74. Deb says: Jan 14, 2013 3:39 PM

    Last year I thought Fox called a brilliant game against Pittsburgh. People who think we were “Tebowed” are out of their minds. That was a coach making the most of a player’s limited strengths as a quarterback.

    But this year, the coach had a quarterback who can do just about anything and chose to have him take a knee with 30 seconds and two timeouts?

    I don’t get it.

  75. richwizl says: Jan 14, 2013 3:41 PM

    Yes, he did play well enough, but Champ Bailey didn’t.

  76. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 14, 2013 3:44 PM

    I was at the game in my purple and black (stretched overtop my other 5 layers). The Broncos had the game. It was theirs. People were leaving with 3 minutes left. I was emotionally preparing myself to lose.

    Then the Prayer in Thin Air struck home. The crowd went silent for a half second, then people started yelling in disbelief.

    Manning took a knee after the kickoff. People were mad. I would have been too.

    A Denver defender goes down – is that Miller!? Fans react like someone ran over their dog.

    The interception – more disgruntled rumblings.

    The kick – absolute silence. It was like a morgue in there for the next 5 minutes.

    On my way out, I heard every excuse in the book hurled in my direction. I said nothing. One person even suggested that Denver threw the game for Ray Lewis. Well, the Ravens silenced the crowd that booed every time Ray made a tackle (all 17 of them).

    They should be booing their own team.

  77. 8man says: Jan 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    Fox made a mistake when he attempted a 52 yard field goal and Baltimore got the ball on their own 42. If he’d pinned them deep, they might not have tied the game at 21 before halftime.

    But lets be realistic, if the Raven special teams makes a couple of open field tackles, they win this game in regulation.

  78. lance227 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:49 PM

    Men, there’s a gleam! Get that gleam! Oh never mind…I dont know what the hell I’m talking about! I take that knee every time!

    All the best,

    Marty

  79. Linebacker41 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    Manning is one of the best regular season quarterbacksof all time. But the truly great, like Joe Montana or John Unitas play at their best under the bright lights of playoff football.

    Manning has always played far worse in the playoffs then he does normally. It isn’t one bad thrown last night , it has always been him.

    The nearly man.

  80. mojomagician says: Jan 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    As a lifelong Colts fan (Unitas to B Jones to Harbaugh and Manning and now Luck) I can tell you this is Peyton’s M.O.
    Great regular seasons, almost undefeated seasons, post season bye weeks and then the inevitable playoff choke. The stats speak for themselves. 9 wins and 11 losses. Including 7 x one and done. 32 TDs and 24 turnovers. Would these be reasonable numbers for a guy considered a top 10 QB? Sure.
    Are they anywhere good enough for someone considered within the top 2 of his generation, someone paid 28mil this year and always paid within the top 3 players at the QB position? No.

    IMO, his play calling tends to be pretty poor and somewhat panicky in the post season. The Colts always gave him exactly what he wanted in terms of salary, coaches and control and he almost always turned the ball over in clutch moments.
    So, did he alone cost the Broncos the game? No, the DBs certainly helped, but to be honest would they have been in the game without the 2 TDs from Holliday??
    So all in all as a Colts fan, the Denver fans have my full and total empathy. Having said that it’s really nice looking forward to next season without having the QB totally cap my team out.

  81. toonloonboon says: Jan 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    they shoulda brought in elway.

  82. xli2006 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    Even as a Colts fan who owes Manning an endless amount of sports gratitude… I hate to even admit it, but the Brady / Manning debate isn’t even valid anymore. Manning becomes a wild card in January.

    I thought this was an issue that might have been exclusive to something the Colts were doing, but it turned out it could be something more revealing about Manning in the postseason.

    That game was frustratingly familiar to some of the Colts / Chargers games. Couldn’t pick up key 1st downs, ran the ball when it should have been in Manning’s hands, and then the rare Manning fumble.

    Ravens earned it at the same time Manning let it slip away. Clock is ticking fast for Manning to earn #2. With a new wave of young talent and new teams emerging, it is now or never for some of these Vets to snag another title.

  83. comeonnowguys says: Jan 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    To all the Brady people:

    Quarterback 1: 12/25 153 1TD 0INT
    Quarterback 2: 16/27 145 1TD 0INT

    One of those quarterbacks was Tom Brady, who was named MVP of that Super Bowl.

    One of those quarterbacks was Trent Dilfer against the Ravens, the go-to counterpoint of measuring a QB’s success by rings alone.

    In fact, in the latter part of last decade, when the Pats offense became a juggernaught, their postseason record was more Clark Kent than Superman.

  84. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:00 PM

    8 one and dones for Manning.

    No-one will ever touch that NFL record.

    No-one.

  85. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    One of those quarterbacks was Tom Brady, who was named MVP of that Super Bowl.

    One of those quarterbacks was Trent Dilfer against the Ravens, the go-to counterpoint of measuring a QB’s success by rings alone.

    ————

    There’s a good reason why guys like Dilfer/Johnson/Rypien have won only 1 Super Bowl. And guys like Brady have won more.

  86. alewatcher says: Jan 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    fanofevilempire says: Jan 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    two timeouts, 30 seconds to go and you take a knee……………….

    why would you not let your 20 mil franchise player go get you the first down…………
    ————-
    I was stunned when I saw this. You have a tie at the half, you have Peyton freakin’ Manning at QB, 31 seconds and two timeouts, and you take a knee and head for the locker room? What was he thinking?

    I just saw this quote from Bill Belichick:

    “You don’t win a war by digging a foxhole and sitting in it,” said Belichick. “You need to attack.”

    This is why NE wins games – they play for 60 minutes. No prevent football for them.

  87. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:12 PM

    Tebow 1 playoff win as a Bronco
    Manning 0

    Just sayin’.

  88. thejuddstir says: Jan 14, 2013 4:18 PM

    Take away Holliday’s 2 kick returns and what did Manning do? I blame Fox, Manning and Bailey more for the loss than the Bronco defensive back who blew one play.

  89. holmesra18 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    Why do you take a knee with 30 seconds left to end the game? Matt Ryan and the Falcons proved yesterday all you need is 23 seconds to move the ball with 2 timeouts and to kick a game winning FG. If I was Peyton I would have over ruled the coaches and called a pass play and kept it moving. Peyton will go down as the greatest regular season QB possible EVER and Eli(te) will go down as the better QB overall with more Super Bowl wins than his BIG brother!

  90. mezanine10 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:22 PM

    I love reading all the comments bashing Manning from a bunch of hacks who think just because they play fantasy football, they know about the NFL.

    Manning is not the reason they lost that game. When you score 35 points, you normally win the game unless your D sucks. Denver’s D has been top 5 all season long. They were only allowing 18 pts/game. Baltimore’s offense is not elite by any stretch. Yet, they made Joe Flacco look like Tom Brady against the Texans. Champ Bailey and the inept Denver secondary is the reason they lost. Bailey was still seen chasing Torrey Smith from the airport runway. Giving up a 70 yd, game tying TD with 31 seconds left to Jacboy Jones (of all people) is downright embarassing. The D coordinator and secondary coach should get blamed for that loss. What happened to Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil yesterday? Were they playing at all? 1 sack on Flacco? Nice Defense.

  91. denver1983 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:36 PM

    Manning played well enough to win.

    Fox and McCoy coached well enough to lose!!

    31 secs and 2 timeouts, you take your chances Fox!!

  92. johntonioholmes says: Jan 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    Manning was the victim of a pick 6 that should have been a pass interference. They would have been up by at least 2 scores with 31 seconds left had it not been for horrible officiating. Let’s not forget about the tuck, which was fram-for-frame the Tom Brady tuck of 2002

    And then he was the victim of a defense that gave up 3 huge bombs because they relied on an overrated corner to single up against a speedster, and a defense that does not know how to play 3 deep.

    Almost any other team wins in that situation.

    When you put up 35, and get hosed on 2 calls that end up turning into 7 for the other team and lose, it’s not your fault.

  93. karlpk says: Jan 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Loss was not Manning’s fault – nonsense to suggest so but… did he throw a pass longer than 15 yards the entire game? I was under the impression something was wrong with him – his foot, his arm? I don’t know, but they never stretched the field. And if nothing was wrong then the play-calling was at fault. You have to throw down-field a couple of times a game to keep the D honest.
    And the Broncos D coach should be in hot water as that was a ridiculous breakdown that allowed the Ravens to tie it up.
    Anyhow, worked for me, I had the Ravens and the points!

  94. johntonioholmes says: Jan 14, 2013 4:42 PM

    mezanine10

    Couldn’t have said it better.

    John Fox and whoever the D coordinator are blew that game. They are easily 20 points better than the Ravens; they got hosed on 2 turnovers that turned into 7 and they were still leading by a td with 31 seconds left.

    How is that Manning’s fault?

  95. flash1283 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    Jan 14, 2013 3:59 PM
    To all the Brady people:

    Quarterback 1: 12/25 153 1TD 0INT
    Quarterback 2: 16/27 145 1TD 0INT

    One of those quarterbacks was Tom Brady, who was named MVP of that Super Bowl.

    —–
    Quarterback 1: 12/25 153 1TD 0INT
    Quarterback 2: 16/27 145 1TD 0INT
    Quarterback 3 : 14/22 157 1TD 0 INT

    One of those quarterbacks is Joe Montana

    So you have no point!

  96. jdphx says: Jan 14, 2013 4:48 PM

    John Fox = a suck up

  97. elchano says: Jan 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    Tebow Tebow Tebow , the kid has more heart and you dumped to finished in the same place with a expensive old cold chest guy #badkarma Elway fault

  98. mjdkid100 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    debbscott54 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Casey, you couldn’t be more wrong in your statement regarding Indianapolis Colts fans. True Colts fans love Peyton Manning and will always love him. What he did for our city and the Colts franchise is more than just about any player for any team has done. Again he’s not perfect as no one is and he’s had his struggles in the post season as well but he is one class act. He is a great quarterback which was shown last season. The Colts’ offense was missing only one player all year and that was Peyton Manning. We go 2-12. When Tom Brady was out for an entire season the Patriots went 11-5. Matt Cassel was his backup and he’s now the starting QB for Kansas City. He’s done nothing there. Tom Brady is a great QB but he’s also had the benefit of always having a very good to great team around him and that is the only reason he has 3 rings. If I had were a QB and had all the weapons he has at his disposal even I could win games!!

    ——–

    Ha, yea. Weapons like David Givens, David Patten, Antoine Smith, and Deion Branch, who did nothing in Seattle.

    Meanwhile Peyton had Marvin Harrison,Reggie Wayne, Edge, and Dallas Clark, and a spectacular offensive line.

    Btw Cassell made the playoffs the very next season he was traded.

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  99. jdphx says: Jan 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    johntonioholmes says:

    “They are easily 20 points better than the Ravens”
    ————————————————————-

    So Baltimore “spotted” them 14 points (kick/punt
    TD’s) and beats them by 3???

    Hmmm… This new math is hard!!

  100. blaine615 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    Fire John Fox and bring Rick Dennison back to Denver.

  101. malvaren18 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    Bailey is time to retire, after watching you give 2 touchdowns to the Ravens, maybe it’s time to look forward to retirement.

  102. malvaren18 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    Broncos need desperately a good KIcker, that loser Pratter or what ever his name is, should be

  103. ppc50 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:01 PM

    “Manning is not the reason they lost that game. When you score 35 points, you normally win the game unless your D sucks.”
    and
    “They are easily 20 points better than the Ravens; they got hosed on 2 turnovers that turned into 7.”
    ———————————————————–
    Not a Ravens or Bronco fan but: Holliday returned 2 TDs = 14 pts., Manning threw a pick 6 (plus extra pt) = 7 pts (it’s a TD regardless of the “call”, he threw the game losing int. in overtime, and fumbled the ball 2 times, losing it once. Basically, Manning put up 21 points on offense and gave up 7, plus throwing an int in overtime. Net points for the Manning lead offense 14 points. If it wasn’t for Holliday, the game would haven’t been nearly as close. Manning is a very good QB, but his 9-11 playoff record, losing record in big games at Tennessee, 1 SB win vs. Rex Grossman where his stats were not very impressive (I know..the weather), and overall playoff performances are just above average. This game was lost on a blown coverage and Manning’s turnovers. He even admits he made a bad mistake….again.

  104. Jackie.... says: Jan 14, 2013 5:02 PM

    30 seconds and two timeouts. Ask Atlanta how that worked out for them.

  105. ravensfan19 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan. Are we going to get any Credit ? We were the Better team and We deserved to Win. Everybody on Our team apart from Special Teams were fantastic. Our offensive Line shut down Miller and Dummervil and gavee Flacco time to throw. Flacco was Fantastic, shut up alot of his critics. Rice made a couple of big runs. Torrey Smith was killing Champ Bailey And Our Defense was Fantastic, Suggs, Ray, Graham etc were all great. As a team we were better than Denver period. I understand Peyton may not have been great but he was still good and give credit where credit is due, Peyton is One of the Greatest QB’s ever, he turned Denver into whole New Level, . Peyton deserves blame but so do a few do players on the Broncos team like Bailey, Moore etc. At the end of the day My Ravens were the better team and deserved to win.

  106. hor2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    I agree that Manning played well enough to win, now your coaching is another issue

  107. jxegh says: Jan 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    Win ugly with Tebow, lose pretty with Manning.

  108. thetooloftools says: Jan 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    So much for win A team die as a team. Oh, but Payton gets a pass. If I remember correctly his interceptions and fumbles costs the Broncos 4 possessions.
    Just own it.

  109. 4ever19 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    Manning plays well enough to win but somehow he doesn’t. Somehow, he loses AGAIN. Saw way too much of this when he was leading my beloved Colts to playoff failure after playoff failure. Were they all his fault? No. But if you are going to be counted among the elite in your sport, you have to come up big when the chips are down in the big games. Too often, Peyton has come up small in the big games.

  110. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    Taking a knee with 30 seconds left and 2 timeouts? You deserve to lose Foxy. That’s why the Panthers ran you out of town.

  111. wikidpissah says: Jan 14, 2013 5:39 PM

    brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    One of those quarterbacks was Tom Brady, who was named MVP of that Super Bowl.

    One of those quarterbacks was Trent Dilfer against the Ravens, the go-to counterpoint of measuring a QB’s success by rings alone.

    ————

    There’s a good reason why guys like Dilfer/Johnson/Rypien have won only 1 Super Bowl. And guys like Brady have won more.
    ————————————————
    Brady’s only won 14 more playoff games than Dilfer. Good comparison.

  112. nelly837 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:44 PM

    Hey Donkey fans, I really enjoyed seeing your HOF quarterback choke again during the ” big ” game. Manning and the donkeys have been hyped all year by the media who worship Manning trying to make some type of sensational story where there is none. The fact is the donkeys played in the AFC west where they get to play the Chiefs, the Raiders, and the Chargers twice a year. This is what happens when you start to believe the media hype only problem is the Ravens weren’t buying it. It’s going to be an interesting season next year with the Chargers having a new GM and Head Coach and the Chiefs with a proven coach who’s seen the Super Bowl and the playoffs many times. Manning’s skills are going to do nothing but decline the next few years, hope betting the farm on an over the hill QB still seems like a good move when you have salary cap issues for the next 4 years.

  113. wikidpissah says: Jan 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    ravensfan19 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan. Are we going to get any Credit ? We were the Better team and We deserved to Win.

    ===================================

    I couldn’t agree more. The Ravens are a tough, battle tested team that can beat anyone. Sunday should be a great game.

  114. sactogary says: Jan 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    Every game involves two teams. Fans always think my team was awesome or my team was awful, depending on whether they won or lost. Both teams had some great plays, and both teams made mistakes. All the Broncos mistakes contributed to the loss, but geez, give the Ravens some credit.

  115. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:55 PM

    Peyton, great regular season QB, playoffs…mehh!! as a colts fan, we were lucky to play rex “turnover”grossman in SB41, peyton didnt win us that game it was the defense and Rhodes, the chargers and patriots owned us in the playoffs,sad to say, and peyton in the cold and outside he is tony romo-ish, thats why im shocked he picked denver, well i guess they did offer him the most MONEY!!!

  116. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    PEYTON<LUCK

  117. bartlettruss says: Jan 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    The Broncos had no Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno to block for Manning. After Moreno went out there was no pocket. Can Manning play well without a pocket? No. Did he choke with an interception in the 2nd overtime? Maybe, but Prater choked in the first half and the secondary had more people choking than Jonestown. Plenty of blame to go around, including Fox’s decision-making. The officiating was horrible… It was a meltdown…

    As far as Manning and Brady being media darlings, I agree, but is anyone more of a media darling / totally washed up has been than Ray Lewis?

  118. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 14, 2013 6:02 PM

    All respect to Peyton, Fox, and the Broncos because that is largely what I have for them, but Peyton did NOT play well enough for you to win. You’re offense was spotted 14 points by Trindon Holliday because Peyton only scored 21. If we likewise remove Ravens points that were not scored off of TOs, the score is still 28-21, the Ravens offense with the 28.. This is all moot because a game will never have that exact outcome ever again and theoretically never would if you could just simulate it over and over.

  119. azarkhan says: Jan 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    Why would anyone say Peyton Manning “played well enough to win”? He didn’t even play as well as Joe Flacco. The Denver offense, ranked 4th at the end of the regular season, only scored 21 points. If not for Trindon Holliday, the Ravens would have won in regulation.

  120. raidernation210 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    @mjdkid100

    Ha, yea. Weapons like David Givens, David Patten, Antoine Smith, and Deion Branch, who did nothing in Seattle.

    Meanwhile Peyton had Marvin Harrison,Reggie Wayne, Edge, and Dallas Clark, and a spectacular offensive line.

    Btw Cassell made the playoffs the very next season he was traded.

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.

    ——————————————————–

    sorry mjdk100 but you don’t know what you are talking about. That 11-5 season that casell started, they DID NOT make the play off’s. go read up son.

    Also, Manning had good weapons, but he also made those weapons better by his work ethic and knowledge of the game

    But what you and every other Manning basher fail to realize is that he defense STUNK for the majority of his career. And once again yesterday his DEFENSE didn’t show up. A 1:09 left in the game, , 77 yards away with no time out’s and on one of the worse air balls ever thrown they give up a touchdown.

    And last but not least let’s not forget who he had a lot of those bad games against and let’s not forget who was later to be found guilty of cheating. So we will never know if those games were played on an even playing field.

  121. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    blah blah blah, is it in peytons contract that no coach will ever blame him for a playoff loss or something?

  122. frostymugobeer says: Jan 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    Team Loss (coaches ,offense and defense)they didn’t want it bad enough…..the Ravens did

  123. rsoandb says: Jan 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    Ravensfan19 – I’m a long time Broncos fan, and I couldn’t agree more. Here’s what I saw. Flacco has a strong arm and can obviously make the long throws if given the time. Broncos had no pass rush. REASON: Ravens owned Broncos undersized D line, and 360 lb McKinnie owned Miller. Harbaugh found the right combo of offensive line.

  124. hor2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    I’m a Saints fan. So, I’ve watched that superbowl over and over again. One of the things that struck me about that game was the Colts didn’t throw the ball deep except twice. Once it was overthrown and the other time was when the game was decided. I think that something was wrong with his arm then. This weekend was know exception. Although; I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that if Fox would have allowed Manning to throw the ball when the Colts were trying to salt the game away, manning would have completed the pass and the Ravens would be home now

  125. jasonculhane says: Jan 14, 2013 6:25 PM

    @hor2012

    His arm was fine in that Superbowl. He threw spirals to Dallas Clark that I’ve never seen before.

    I don’t think your completely wrong though. That is, Manning in the biggest games doesn’t take the same chances as he does during the regular season. I would say defenses that are good BAIT him to take what THEY give him. The Ravens have played him enough to know his tendencies and Manning is predictable.

  126. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    Payton played a great game, except for the interception in overtime that cost Denver the game. But other then that… Oh and the other interception. Ok he choked.

  127. football2011 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:33 PM

    I’n glad GM John “Horse Face” Elway got his just due. He brought in Manning because he didn’t want a player he didn’t draft or sign (Tebow) stealing his thunder. Even though Manning is a better QB than Tebow, Elway could have kept Tebow as a backup to Manning but he couldn’t stand not being the savoir of the Broncos both as a player and GM.

  128. deathonwings410 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:44 PM

    Manning did play well enough to win, although he obviously made a couple of mistakes. But it’s Denver’s SECONDARY that lost the game for them. They made Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana (which isn’t necessarily easy to do).

    Put it this way. When the Redskins secondary finds a way to stop Flacco and your team’s secondary doesn’t, that means your team’s secondary had a very, very bad day.

    _________________________________

    The Redskins’ secondary didn’t stop Flacco, Cam Cameron stopped Flacco, and that’s why he was promptly fired the next day.

  129. justafanofitall says: Jan 14, 2013 6:53 PM

    Peyton played a good game. 1st INT off receivers hands (couldn’t put it any better), fumble…arm hit as attempting to throw (don’t think he gained control and should have been an incomplete pass). WR dropped passes on third down. But the big thing giving up at least 3 TD’s on passes of 50 yards or more….Champ Bailey giving up 2. The DB’s were terrible and then no rush on Ryan at end of regulation…gave him too much time to throw. Denver downs just before the final Baltimore drive should of put the ball in Mannings hands with 3rd down and 5 yards to go. Then they decided to try a long field goal…..should have pin Baltimore back. Peyton did good…..but DB’s and coaching were the reason we lost….not the last play of the game. Should never have been to that point.

  130. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:55 PM

    hey broncos fans, how did that automatic SB win this year since yal got peyton work out for yal? us colts fans already knew what yal were getting, great stats in regular season, dud in playoffs, his salary is always so high that u cant build a complete team around him

  131. mjkelly77 says: Jan 14, 2013 7:45 PM

    John Fox: Peyton Manning played well enough for us to win
    ________________________

    Maybe during the regular season. But in the palyoffs manning always ends up playing well enough to lose.

  132. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    But what you and every other Manning basher fail to realize is that he defense STUNK for the majority of his career.

    ————

    That was true only until the 2006 playoffs. It has not been true at all since. He’s had one of the best defenses in football since that time. It’s true, look it up.

  133. stevenreichert says: Jan 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    Yes, lots of blame to go around . . . sloppy play from Manning . . . Champ Baily exposed as old and slow . . . and some bad play calling. On a couple of 3rd-and-longs, the Broncs called running plays instead of having Manning throw it. And they both resulted in punts. They just didn’t look like a team that wanted to win.

  134. wikidpissah says: Jan 14, 2013 9:12 PM

    brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    But what you and every other Manning basher fail to realize is that he defense STUNK for the majority of his career.
    ================================
    When you lose 24-14 in 2003 and 20-3 in 2004 to get knocked out, it’s not because the defense stunk.

  135. phloorioisanarcissist says: Jan 14, 2013 9:25 PM

    You have Peyton Manning, 31 seconds left and two timeouts. Ball on the 20 yard line. You down the ball, run the clock out, and hope for overtime.

    You have Matt Ryan, 25 (31 before kick return) seconds left and two timeouts. Ball on the 28 yard line. You move the ball to your opponents 32 yard line in two plays, kick a 49 yard field goal WITH 13 seconds left, and win the game.

    Am I missing something here?

    Okay, Matt Ryan has Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez. Well, Peyton Manning has Demerius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Brandon Stokely. Okay, so you could say they aren’t as good of recievers as Ryan has, but I would also rather be facing the Ravens corners then Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. And Ryan didn’t use White or Jones on that last drive. He used Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez.

    And one more thing. You can make a very long field goal (don’t tell Matt Bryant that) a lot easier at Mile High stadium because there is simply less air at high altitudes (which is why it is so hard to breath there), and therefore less resistance when the ball travels.

  136. barbeaux says: Jan 14, 2013 10:04 PM

    It’s childish for the tebowites to mock Denver. The broncos are not in the same place as last year. Peyton played great all season…enough so to be in the MVP race. He’ll be great again next season. Therefore, the broncos are in a better place. The jets? Not so much, and they have tebow….for now.

  137. natelan69 says: Jan 17, 2013 7:42 PM

    Such an epically good game.

    Thanks, Ravens!

    -Signed,
    A Chargers fan.

  138. randallflagg52 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:07 AM

    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 14, 2013 4:18 PM
    Take away Holliday’s 2 kick returns and what did Manning do? I blame Fox, Manning and Bailey more for the loss than the Bronco defensive back who blew one play.

    ====================================

    Reminds me of that Giants/9ers playoff game back in 02 (I think). The Giants defense blew a HUGE lead, and their long snapper botched the snap to win the game. Did Strahan and the defense get the blame? No the long snapper did.

  139. centergod79 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    I really wish I would have read this article when it was published so I could have been involved when every one was.

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