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Manning told Moreno: Get a first down, but don’t score

Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno AP

We noted after the Broncos beat the Cowboys that there was a discussion on the Dallas sideline about whether the Cowboys’ defense should have allowed the Broncos to score a touchdown late in the game. The flip side of that discussion was a conversation in which Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning told Knowshon Moreno he needed to get a first down, but not a touchdown.

Manning said after the game that he told Moreno that he needed to get inside the 1-yard line for a first down — but not cross the goal line — so that the Broncos could run the a minute and 30 seconds off the game clock and then kick a field goal as time expired. Manning didn’t want the Broncos to score a touchdown and have to kick the ball back to the Cowboys, who would then have time to score a touchdown of their own and send the game into overtime.

“He basically was asking me, ‘How am I supposed to do that? How can I get a half-yard but not get a yard and a half?‘” Manning said, via the Associated Press. “I just said, ‘You can’t! You can’t score! You can’t do it!'”

Moreno did exactly what he was supposed to do, getting the first down but not the touchdown, and the Cowboys could do nothing but watch as Manning then took a knee three times to set up the winning field goal.

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83 Responses to “Manning told Moreno: Get a first down, but don’t score”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    That was one of the most fun games I’ve ever watched. I know a guy who paid $300 to see some dude from Duck Dynasty during that game. I’m still laughing at him.

  2. contract says: Oct 8, 2013 12:51 PM

    Manning is a heady QB, but I’m pretty sure that everyone watching was thinking the same thing.

  3. jonbeck316 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:52 PM

    “Omg that is the most brilliant thing ever. Peyton manning is the best thing since sliced bread. Hold that- Peyton manning is better than sliced bread”, said the media.

  4. blu4l1fe says: Oct 8, 2013 12:53 PM

    And that’s why his team is the best in the league right now.

  5. jessejames182 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    The new NFL, last one with the ball wins.

  6. clownsfan says: Oct 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    Is everybody still gonna be slobbin’ his knob when he blows it in the playoffs?

  7. allforfunnplay says: Oct 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    it would have been funny if Garrett had decided to let him score. you would have seen the defensive line open up a gaping hole for Moreno to run through and Moreno walking through it to the half yard line and trying to take a knee….then maybe even funnier would be one of the defensive linemen trying to knock Moreno into the endzone.

  8. wearethesteelers says: Oct 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    Yeah, we all could see that.

  9. daysend564 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:56 PM

    Cowboys defenders should have picked him up and carried him over the line.

  10. smartanis says: Oct 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    Further proof that Manning is, was, and perhaps will always be the smartest QB in the game.

  11. kremis says: Oct 8, 2013 12:58 PM

    My dad use to say something like that before I went on a date

  12. riggz91 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    Moreno Jerzy football baby!

  13. jbaxt says: Oct 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    Manning would be a horrible teammate. Dude thinks he’s gods gift to the NFL. They still haven’t played a team with a winning record so he’s on borrowed time. That defense is junk and that o-line will be exposed when they play a decent defense.

  14. footballchic777 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    I told my husband when this happened that it was a brilliant move. Peyton is the most prolific player of this era, and his command of this game is a marvel to watch!

  15. truthfactory says: Oct 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    I think all the talk of letting them score is dumb. What if the dallas D would have stuffed him on 3rd and 1?? Then its 4th down and dallas calls a timeout with 1:30 left. Even if broncos kick the fg, dallas still has a really good shot to tie or win.

    The D didnt stop them and it looks like a dumb mistake, but if they could have stuffed moreno then they should have tried to do that. Anyone saying otherwise is just looking at it from hindsight.

  16. 69finfan says: Oct 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    One of those “knees” was actually a bellyflop but hey, it got the job done.

  17. flyeaglefly says: Oct 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    I am not a Broncos fan but in all seriousness, Moreno is one of the most under rated backs in the league by far….he helped neutralize Demarcus Ware with his blocking Sunday…Ware had zero sacks and zero hurries….Moreno produced 150 yards of offense…he’s got great hands out of the backfield….he’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the season which is 3rd best in the entire league behind only McCoy and Morris for starting RB’s….he’s only 26 with little tread on the tires after being an All-American and 1st round pick out of Georgia…my question is, why draft Montee Ball? Moreno is clearly entrenched as the Go To Guy in that backfield for years to come…

  18. nflpoker says: Oct 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    It was the smart thing to do. Brian Westbrook did the same thing to the Cowboys several years when, on a long run of his, he fell down on the Cowboy’s one yard line. Getting the time off the clock was the important thing, even though the fantasy football players went crazy because he didn’t score.

  19. flaccodelic says: Oct 8, 2013 1:07 PM

    You know you’re ridiculous when you have still succeeded by willing your teammates NOT to score.

  20. keepingitrealdumb says: Oct 8, 2013 1:07 PM

    so that was why moreno was making those hand gestures .. watching the game i thought: “they seem to be disagreeing about something”

  21. dankinator says: Oct 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    And that’s what makes him not just a great QB, but a SMART QB!

  22. britishteeth says: Oct 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    How many fantasy nerds will post their tragic tales of how they would have won if Moreno scored? I’ll set the over/under at 13.5

  23. flaccotoboldin says: Oct 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    Good grief.

    So now we are to attribute this lucky outcome to Manning? Because he’s so smart, he’s so good, that he told his RB to somehow achieve the optimal outcome that is obvious to everyone but near impossible to execute?

    The donkeys got lucky. And the Cowpokes were dumb for not letting him score.

  24. deadeye says: Oct 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    I’m surprised this strategy isn’t employed more often. It was smart of Manning to request it and Moreno did a good job executing it.

  25. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    funny how stat obsessed manning is ordering somebody not to score, meanwhile he is in games throwing downfield up 25-30 points trying to pad his TD stats, what a hypocrite egomaniac. hope some team knocks manning and denver out in the playoffs again

  26. indytom87 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    The headline would lead one to believe that the article was about Manning wanting to get all the TDs – not about running out the clock.

  27. owenwhat says: Oct 8, 2013 1:12 PM

    Manning said ” sweep the leg” with an evil smile

  28. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 8, 2013 1:12 PM

    Brian Westbrook did it first so nanananana

  29. kingpel says: Oct 8, 2013 1:15 PM

    allforfunnplay says: Oct 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    it would have been funny if Garrett had decided to let him score.

    Jason Garrett isn’t that smart. He talked about that after the game and it was probably after someone else questioned why he didn’t do it. The guy is a dead man walking.

  30. phinfan says: Oct 8, 2013 1:15 PM

    Yeah run around eat up the clock. Smart idea… hows dallas going to win without a clock

  31. shatho1 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:17 PM

    Dallas would’ve pushed far enough to make the ball cross the goal if Garret would’ve made the right decision but yet again he screwed u s on another game way to go Jason

  32. stigman2012 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:17 PM

    Somewhere the Broncos defense is reading this and saying, “See, that’s why Peyton is the grea–HEY…wait just a durned minute!!”

  33. bronconation13 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    Can’t blame Manning for not having faith in his defense. They made Romo look so good that for a split second, Jerry Jones didn’t look like such a huge idiot.

  34. camdenyard says: Oct 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    Any idiot would have told Moreno not to score there. Why are you treating this like some new tactic?

  35. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:21 PM

    what is the over/under of manning playing the entire game sunday, up 60 points on jacksonville and still throwing the ball into the endzone in the 4th.

  36. jdfrox says: Oct 8, 2013 1:29 PM

    That’s another example of why Peyton Manning is unbeatable. Seriously, look at all the Super Bowl championships this man has won. Not only is he the smartest QB in the history of man kind, but he is extremely clutch in big games. Look up his record if you don’t believe me!! If you beat Manning, it is only because he did not want to win.

  37. chiadam says: Oct 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Henne told Blackmon: what’s a first down?

  38. nflpoker says: Oct 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    Would you rather not score a TD, run the clock down, then kick a FG to win the game

    OR

    score a TD right away and hope your defense can stop them??

    This game was not a defensive battle, you know.

  39. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 8, 2013 1:33 PM

    Other than his brother Eli, has there ever been another Super Bowl MVP who, afterward, had critics questioning his stones in the playoffs?

  40. stealthjunk says: Oct 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    The number of bitter, jealous fans in this thread is quite humourous. Whatever makes you feel better about yourselves and your failing teams, keep the entertainment coming.

  41. chiadam says: Oct 8, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’m totally jealous. That’s it. If only the team I watch on TV was as good in the regular season as the team someone else watches on TV. That would be sweet!

  42. kurb21 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:47 PM

    Peyton Manning receives the same media treatment as Obama, way over the top. What he did isn’t any different than any other QB would have done.

    He is a great QB who has been the biggest beneficiary of rule changes that were spearheaded by Bill Polian via the Competition Committee after the Patriots string of wins over Manning and the Colts in the first half of the 2000’s. The league has basically been custom tailored to him.

    I, for one, find little enjoyment in 51-48 games with no defense or hard hits. The Roger Goddell NFL; with the lack of personality, showmanship and the endless crackdowns on the gladiator mentality to is turning me off and I am sure I am not the only one.

  43. spyder9669 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    How does this play show that Peyton is super smart? Anyone who watched the game on TV knows that even the announcers were calling for that to happen well before it did. But lets just go ahead and say it was all genius Peyton.

  44. tsmercurio says: Oct 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    Yeah it was a smart move, but everyone is acting like no one has ever done this before.

  45. sarcasm says: Oct 8, 2013 1:57 PM

    It’s not about a lack of faith in his defense, though one couldn’t blame him.

    It’s the prudent thing to do whether you have Joe Greene & Jack Lambert or Joe Momma and Jack Handey on defense.

  46. eatingwings says: Oct 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    I personally liked the game to watch. I think the 6-3 games are great to watch as well as the 51-48 games. They are both fun and keep you interested in the game. It’s the 28-3 games that stink. Give me 6-3 or 51-48 all day…

  47. zephyrhelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    I remeber when MJD fell at the 1-yard line against the Jets in order to get just a first down and not touchdown.

    I remember when the Patriots let Ahmad Bradshaw score in the Superbowl, and he was surprised!.

    This is basic strategy, shouldn’t be news anymore.

  48. steves11 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:00 PM

    Anyone with half a brain knew that it would have been stupid to let the Cowboys get the ball back with any time on the clock. If Moreno had scored, and the Cowboys got the ball back and scored themselves, and then won in overtime, Moreno would have been in Peyton Manning’s doghouse for eternity.

  49. trollaikman8 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:03 PM

    “Manning is a heady QB”

    had to chuckle.

  50. daysend564 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:05 PM

    If Peyton was so smart, he wouldn’t have run in directly on his bootleg. He was out there all by himself and could have easily ate another 10 seconds before he scored.

    Peyton: Do as I say, not as I do!!!

  51. justintuckrule says: Oct 8, 2013 2:11 PM

    Would have been funny if Moreno took a seat in the endzone like Bradshaw did in the SB after Eli told him not to score.

  52. mezanine10 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:15 PM

    John Fox has the easiest coaching job in the NFL. All he has to is say, “Peyton, go score a another TD and make me look good.”

  53. baddegg says: Oct 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    Oh yeah? Well Jerry says he got a moral victory anyways. So take that!

  54. flashdeath says: Oct 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    “Omg that is the most brilliant thing ever. Peyton manning is the best thing since sliced bread. Hold that- Peyton manning is better than sliced bread”, said the media.

    Would that make him more like Wonder Bread?

  55. calebo94 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:38 PM

    Brett Favre>Peyton Manning

  56. malvaren18 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    The offensive line playing really good, there is no pass rush, but the offence it’s incredible. What more can u say

  57. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Oct 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    I saw this before the snap and I knew it was coming. From the length of the pre-snap dialogue between Manning and Moreno, I’m surprised the defense didn’t know it was a run.

  58. lunarpie says: Oct 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    Denver can be beat by anybody if the opposing team simply runs Peyton’s, ‘Omaha!!! Omaha!! Hurry!! Hurry!! Hurry!!… pass-first Offense’. Tony Romo passing for 500+ yards is my proof!!!

    SUPER BOWL – Kansas City vs Seattle

    Andy Reid and Alex Smith will get RINGS. Mobile QBs are an anomoly in the NFL. S.F. and Captain Krumpernickle and Chip Kelly will be GONE!

  59. tate40 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:57 PM

    just so that everyone is clear, Peyton Manning was extremely smart for doing this at this point in the game, nobody is crediting him for his intelligent move here, or saying that this was the game winning move, they are just simply addressing the fact that he told Moreno to do wat was smart, all you butt hurt fans need to just chill, just because it’s about Peyton doesn’t meanyou need to trash him and swear that he’s the devil.

    p.s. stop whining and using Peyton’s playoff record, that is such old news, it’s not about the past, it’s about the here and now. if the nfl were based off of the past then the steelers would be winning, the giants would be winning, the chiefs and browns would be losing. get your heads right and worry about whats going on now, the past dont mean a damn thing… things change, the game changes, players change, get over it.

  60. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 8, 2013 3:03 PM

    Moreno’s TD would have erased my 4-point fantasy deficit and I’d be 5-0!

  61. satchboogie69 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:09 PM
    funny how stat obsessed manning is ordering somebody not to score, meanwhile he is in games throwing downfield up 25-30 points trying to pad his TD stats, what a hypocrite egomaniac. hope some team knocks manning and denver out in the playoffs again

    Yet I bet you probably didn’t have a problem back in 2007 when Tommy Boy was throwing 3 yard touchdowns with NE up by 45 points in the 4th quarter.

  62. peachyc39 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:20 PM

    When daddy’s a talkin you just need to listen Knowshon!!! Children are to be seen not heard lol

  63. stevejjones says: Oct 8, 2013 3:22 PM

    Manning stands on the shoulders of giants. Among them a certain former Gators QB. No way Manning would be rolling this easily if he hadn’t had the inertia established for him. Can’t see it lasting a full season with his medical history.

  64. chief67 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    Manning said he told Moreno not to score in his after game press conference , So thank you for the breaking news PFT.

  65. jjackwagon says: Oct 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Broncos scored 51 because they HAD too. The Denver D is highly suspect. Cowboys hung 48 on them. Looks like their first test against a D will be Nov 17th against the Chiefs.

  66. pongonfl says: Oct 8, 2013 3:34 PM

    Manning is so stat obsessed he is sitting out most of the 4th quarter in most games

  67. seattlelibtard says: Oct 8, 2013 3:36 PM

    How can you blame Garrett? You all are saying the cowboys should have let him score but that is just talking hindsight. Shouldn’t the defense be trying to stop the 1st down attempt to begin with? If the D stopped the 1st down, then the broncos would have had to kick a field goal, thus giving the cowboys the chance to score by winning with a touchdown or tying with a field goal.

  68. coachkilla6 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:40 PM

    LeSean McCoy takes a dive for no one!!

  69. skinsfanwill says: Oct 8, 2013 3:43 PM

    This same thing happened in Philly with Chip Kelly doing the exact opposite. Hurry up and score so we can give them 1:30 to come back on us and score. Idiot coach

  70. exhelodrvr says: Oct 8, 2013 3:54 PM

    Think how often players and/or coaching staffs aren’t paying attention in this type of situation. (Marion Barber running out of bounds in the Bears-Broncos game two years ago, for instance.)

    The fact that Manning (or the coaching staff if they prompted it) did think of it in the heat of the moment is above-average situational awareness.

  71. lunarpie says: Oct 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    skinsfanwill says:

    Oct 8, 2013 3:43 PM
    This same thing happened in Philly with Chip Kelly doing the exact opposite. Hurry up and score so we can give them 1:30 to come back on us and score. Idiot coach

    ————————————

    EXACTLY!!!!

    Chip Kelly will be 4-12 and Andy Reid will be wearing a RING!

    Football101:
    Chapter 1 – Mobile QBs Will Never Win a Super Bowl

    News: Mike Shanahan will be FIRED after he goes 8-8.

  72. pats4win says: Oct 8, 2013 3:59 PM

    The NFL need to investigate Peyton Manning for point shaving. He must of had money on the game.

  73. mrplow3 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:05 PM

    “That was one of the most fun games I’ve ever watched. I know a guy who paid $300 to see some dude from Duck Dynasty during that game. I’m still laughing at him.”

    And here is the problem with the US today. Too many busy bodies worrying about what others do for fun and how they approve of it.

    I’ve never seen Duck Dynasty but how about you don’t worry about it commie. Maybe your friend gets his fun out of different things than you. We can’t have that right?

  74. monsterright says: Oct 8, 2013 4:20 PM

    That strategy kept Romo from throwing 2 INT’s in critical situations.

  75. fouthandinches says: Oct 8, 2013 4:24 PM

    This just in. Peyton’s fantasy teams opponent had Moreno.

  76. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 8, 2013 4:26 PM

    The ViKINGS would have crushed eether of these teams with Freeomon under center.

  77. cospgsmadman says: Oct 8, 2013 4:34 PM

    How am I supposed to do that? How can I get a half-yard but not get a yard and a half?……
    Sure it has been done before but the hard part is actually executing the half yard.

  78. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    Lunarpie said:

    “Football 101:
    Chapter 1 – Mobile QBs Will Never Win a Super Bowl”

    Seriously? Mobile QBs have been winning Super Bowls for decades: Roger Staubach, Joe Theismann, Steve Young, John Elway, and Aaron Rodgers.

    What you meant to say (I hope) is that QBs who rely on the run more than the pass will never win a Super Bowl.

  79. yetimonster says: Oct 8, 2013 5:21 PM

    It’s funny, earlier in the week the articles were about Dallas contemplating letting Denver score so they can get the ball back with time. Now we find out Denver wasn’t going to score anyway.

    Nobody wanna score no more?

  80. gammynomnom says: Oct 8, 2013 5:26 PM

    So Peyton Manning is points shaving?

  81. higherweed562 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:32 PM

    thank god colts cut 18 now its our time!!its Miller time…

  82. eightandeightlions says: Oct 9, 2013 12:29 AM

    There was no football played this night.

  83. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:35 AM

    Giving the ball back to Romo at the end of the game is hardly anything to worry about.

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