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Broncos take lead after Toussaint fumble

during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Getty Images

There were no turnovers in Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Steelers until the fourth quarter, but one may be all it takes to swing the game in the Broncos’ favor.

Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint lost the ball in Broncos territory on a hit by cornerback Bradley Roby and DeMarcus Ware recovered with the Broncos down by a point. The Broncos then put together their most impressive drive of the day as they went 64 yards on 12 plays before C.J. Anderson plunged into the end zone from a yard out. A two-point conversion pass to Demaryius Thomas was good, leaving the Broncos up 20-13 with three minutes left to play.

The biggest play on the drive came when Manning hit Bennie Fowler for 31 yards on a third-and-12. It was only the second third-down conversion of the day for the Broncos and it came on what was likely Manning’s best throw of the day.

Now it’s up to Ben Roethlisberger to lead his team back or we’ll get another round of Manning vs. Brady in Denver next Sunday.

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77 Responses to “Broncos take lead after Toussaint fumble”
  1. runtheball says: Jan 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    Manning slid gave himself up. He should have been down.

  2. dickjagger says: Jan 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    The former Raven Toussaint. How ironic.

  3. jag1959 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    Finally some excitement out of this yawner

  4. andrewlucksneard says: Jan 17, 2016 7:34 PM

    Pittsburgh’s Defensive game plan is ridiculous…their DBs are 5-7 yards off the receivers allowing them a release and Manning to throw his wobbly 8 yard passes…he cannot throw the deep ball…they should be in the receiver’s faces forcing the action and daring Manning to throw deep

  5. ravensaresuperior says: Jan 17, 2016 7:34 PM

    Steeler killers.

  6. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 7:36 PM

    Steelers are done….stick a fork in us……we have only ourselves to blame as usual…..Good Game Denver:)

  7. ravensaresuperior says: Jan 17, 2016 7:36 PM

    Not down if he’s not touched. read the rule book professor.

  8. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    Sanders saved Peyton’s bacon. Imagine if that was intercepted.

  9. gregbeau says: Jan 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    Apparently the definition of giving yourself up is as clear as the definition of a catch.

  10. tigerboye says: Jan 17, 2016 7:40 PM

    go ahead and cry into those towels… no shame in it…

  11. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 7:40 PM

    ravensaresuperior says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:34 PM
    Steeler killers.

    ______________________

    no one kills us….we are suicidal….we kill ourselves

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 17, 2016 7:41 PM

    Vontaze Burfict should get the Player of the Game for DESTROYING antonio brown.

  13. warpigz says: Jan 17, 2016 7:42 PM

    We gave it to them. They’ll never beat NE

  14. jjackwagon says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 PM

    This is playoff football. If you make a mistake you will lose. Chiefs had the same problem yesterday.

  15. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 PM

    The World Champs will take care of PEDton next week.

    In the meantime… still 0 legit titles for the Steelers without cheating or the refs help.

    May that streak be alive for a long time!
    :)

  16. runtheball says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 PM

    The steelers do not know how to put teams away. They out played the broncos except on the score board.

  17. jr4real says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 PM

    Good game Denver. We couldn’t stop them when it counted.

    – Steeler fan.

  18. titletownie72 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:44 PM

    Straight up, Pats will beat Denver. However, everyone knows the boys in stripes will have chatter in their ear all night from the league wanting HGH boy to win one for the gipper on his way out of the league for the golden family.

  19. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:44 PM

    Will Tomlin turn around and point at the camera? No foolin….have patience grasshoppers

  20. pats777 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    Since when are QB’s allowed to go into a full slide to avoid pressure, get back up and then throw a pass? Unbelievable.

  21. tattooit says: Jan 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    Feels like NE will trounce either one.

  22. deebo61 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:46 PM

    One play is the deciding factor. Smh, Pittsburg.

  23. vegasgreek says: Jan 17, 2016 7:48 PM

    COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH : PITTSBURGH’S GOING TO THE TOILET BOWL !

  24. sbchampsagain says: Jan 17, 2016 7:49 PM

    Be will destroy Denver and would have whacked Pitt too.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 17, 2016 7:50 PM

    First… Tim Tebow DESTROYED pittsburgh.

    Now… Ancient Manning DESTROYED pittsburgh.

  26. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:50 PM

    Good job holding home field advantage.

    We’re on to Denver

    Go Pats!

  27. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 7:50 PM

    Hahahahahahaha! Tebowed again! No legit PO wins since 2011.

  28. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:50 PM

    Tebowcurse broke the Steelers

  29. kremis says: Jan 17, 2016 7:51 PM

    Tebow curse! Haha steelers

  30. lp0320 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:51 PM

    Well called game by the officials, absolutely no complaints about the officiating.

    Good luck to Denver next week against New England.

    No excuses as to why we lost, the one turnover in the game cost us because Denver capitalized on it.

    Nice to see how the two teams shake hands and the Steelers’ congratulate the Broncos.

  31. skawh says: Jan 17, 2016 7:52 PM

    Pats fans nervous now that their team has to leave the safe confines of Gillette

    Go Broncos! #1 Defense against a NE team that is 3-4 the last 7 games

  32. middy84 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:53 PM

    STRAIGHT UP STEELERNATION IS DONE!!!
    THE CITY IS A HUGE TOILET BOWL ANYWAY.

  33. theavengerthatparties says: Jan 17, 2016 7:54 PM

    No way Steelers were gonna win today after they got physically manhandled and beat up by the Bengals last week.

  34. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 7:54 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:41 PM
    Vontaze Burfict should get the Player of the Game for DESTROYING antonio brown.

    _____________________

    wait what???

    according to Pac-Man AB was faking his concussion.

  35. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:54 PM

    And still sixlombardies

  36. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 7:54 PM

    Hats off to Denver. Their defense played a great game and they deserved to win. Good luck!

  37. melikefootball says: Jan 17, 2016 7:55 PM

    One thing for sure Ben out played Manning that really did not win the game. Great effort for the 30th rank defense against Manning. Took a turnover, was fun to watch, Brady will have a field day if Ben got 300 hundred yards against the number 1 defense.

  38. lp0320 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:55 PM

    Wow the hatred is amazing. Not reading anything by congratulatory comments from Steelers fans to the Broncos.

    Time for the haters to grow up and leave mama’s basement.

  39. carloswlassiter says: Jan 17, 2016 7:56 PM

    lp0320 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:51 PM

    Well called game by the officials, absolutely no complaints about the officiating.
    ———————————————————–
    Manning gives himself up, then stands up and throws a pass and you think there were no complaints about the officiating?

  40. wojodew24 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    OSU boy Roby takes out UM Toissant

  41. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    Congratulations doctorrustbelt!

  42. the8man says: Jan 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    The Steelers sent in a collection of amputees to Denver and played the Broncos toe to toe, with a Steeler turnover really being the game changer.

    Toussaint, you blew it. Your team had the lead and the ball and you coughed it up. It’s on you.

    Steelers, you brought a bucket of guts, because all of your other body parts were injured, and played one helluva a playoff game on the road. Well done. Men of Steel.

    Peyton Manning, only your swelled ego is keeping you in the game, and the Denver brass is forced to play you because if they lose and you are on the bench, they’ll have to answer hard questions about why you weren’t in, even though, they are better without you.

  43. richiesnotincognegro says: Jan 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    Buckeye dominance continues over all things scUM.

  44. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    The Steelers are golfing.

    Delicious!
    :)

  45. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    now i have to decide who to root for in next week’s game….Denver or the Pats…..that’s a tough one…both classy QB’s and classy teams:)

  46. bonniebengal says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    Good job Denver. Your offense needs to play better next week to beat NE.

  47. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    Burfict is league MVP

  48. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    Hmmm… tebowed and kremis finally return to the board. Welcome back children!

  49. jesusfreak063 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:58 PM

    As a Steelers fan it was a great play by Denver to bust the ball loose and then Manning to lead the drive for the td. Congrats to Denver on a well played game. Nice to see a good clean game.

  50. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    I see Grandpa Jimmy (Harrison) had a chat with PEDton at midfield.

    Were they chatting about their buddy Sly?
    :)

  51. nbooat says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    Vontaze sez, “Bwahahahahahahaha, Goodell’s boss’ Art Rooney (and Florio’s favorite team) lost!!!

  52. lp0320 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    The rule is written that way and it was not challengeable.

    I am a Steelers’ fan, and wondered the same thing, but that play didn’t change the tone of the game. It was up to the defense to to make the stops and they couldn’t do it on the touchdown drive.

  53. sirhuntalot says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:41 PM

    Vontaze Burfict should get the Player of the Game for DESTROYING antonio brown.

    ……………………………………………

    Way to show your class nurserustbelt!

  54. jjfootball says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    BRONCOS VS PATRIOTS
    EXCUSE ME WHILE I PUKE!!!!

  55. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jan 17, 2016 8:00 PM

    Live by the fumble……die by the fumble.

  56. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 8:00 PM

    Current curses:
    1. Steelers can’t beat the Ravens
    2. Steelers are a Mile High Mess.
    Enjoy the high draft picks!

  57. jjfootball says: Jan 17, 2016 8:01 PM

    MANNING VS BRADY
    FIXED

  58. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 17, 2016 8:02 PM

    The Steelers had absolutely NO business being in the playoffs.

    They fumbled – literally- and ball don’t lie folks.
    :)

  59. cinzano08 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:02 PM

    Steelers and old man Rooney are gone. Another victim of karma and deflate gate. Rooney was one of the owners involved with pushing roger to continue with a losing hand against tb12 and patriots along with the rest of the co conspirators Jets, Colts, Ravens, gisnts, and Cowboys. To all, enjoy the rest of the playoffs from your couch.

  60. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 8:02 PM

    lp0320 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:55 PM

    Not reading anything by congratulatory comments from Steelers fans to the Broncos.

    ——-
    At least four of them before your post:

    Good Game Denver:)
    Good game Denver.
    Good luck to Denver
    Hats off to Denver.

    How much love do you need?

  61. beauregard says: Jan 17, 2016 8:02 PM

    Good game Steelers. Tons of heart playing through injuries with backups.
    Denver has already beat NE this year. They’ll do it again with that D.
    Peyton in the Super Bowl!

  62. gregbeau says: Jan 17, 2016 8:03 PM

    It is going to be an ugly final game for Peyton next week.

  63. flickflint says: Jan 17, 2016 8:03 PM

    Seyton can barely throw the ball downfield. Maybe threw it 20+yards once this game? That won’t get it done next week.

  64. codythao35 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:04 PM

    Was rooting for Pittsburgh bc of Tomlin but can’t have a player like that who absolutely cause you a game changing outcome. Just like AP of the Vikings. Need to get rid of players like that. Lame!

  65. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:05 PM

    Why did they let Pink head dink and dunk all game?

  66. codythao35 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:06 PM

    Not a fan of either team but Peyton had always choke against Patriots, we’ll see.

  67. skawh says: Jan 17, 2016 8:07 PM

    Root for the number 1 seed. With NE’s poor OL, the 3 teams remaining, EACH have a pass rush that can pressure Brady.

    No more NE free passes, starting with having to travel to Denver to get to the big dance. It’s sickening how annually NE is the only legit team that gets a pass each year to the playoffs by not having to play in a division with competition.

    Congrats to Pittsburg for making it a game!

    Go Broncos, and then Go NFC no matter whose in the big dance, as AFC is WEAK!

  68. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Jan 17, 2016 8:12 PM

    Dude, Bryant and Bell are going to get stoned to the Bejesus Belt out in Colorado before heading back to the Burg.

  69. tattooit says: Jan 17, 2016 8:23 PM

    the8man
    Jan 17, 2016, 7:57 PM EST
    The Steelers sent in a collection of amputees to Denver and played the Broncos toe to toe, with a Steeler turnover really being the game changer.

    Toussaint, you blew it. Your team had the lead and the ball and you coughed it up. It’s on you.

    Steelers, you brought a bucket of guts, because all of your other body parts were injured, and played one helluva a playoff game on the road. Well done. Men of Steel.

    ******************************

    Dear god, please tell me you’re not a grown man and actually typed this up.

  70. rankster1950 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:23 PM

    With their youth and experience the steelers will be on of the super bowl pre season favorites. Barring major injuries of course. Ravens and Bengals a non factor. We have a great running corp, best receivers in the league. We have it all. You all want to be like us.

  71. cruisekid says: Jan 17, 2016 8:24 PM

    Steelers, shouldn’t have been in the playoffs in the first place.The football Gods interviened and invoked justice.

  72. dropanotherpassadams says: Jan 17, 2016 8:35 PM

    For all you fans crying about missing players because of injuries,just remember all teams deal with the same issue.In 2010 the Packers topped the NFL with the most players on the IR and still won the Superbowl over a healthy Steeler team.Its about coaching and depth when the injuries hit.

  73. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 17, 2016 8:54 PM

    Fitzpatrick put the Steelers in the playoffs
    Fitzgerald knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs

    Just sayin’

  74. westernpaisdirty says: Jan 17, 2016 9:03 PM

    Bye bye Steelers fans, season over, no more soup for you!!! I love the whining. “We gave it to them”. Like the RB just handed him the ball why is no one talking about that fraud Ben. No one said his heroic he was because he wasn’t friggin hurt!!! Didn’t work pumpkin head. Obviously, though his head is freakishly fat, it isn’t filled with a brain.

  75. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:42 PM

    It’s a real shame to see so many running backs fumble the ball when they try to get too fancy. Like Peterson last week, this guy was trying to make a cutback for probably an extra half yard.

  76. fifel1144 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:08 AM

    westernpaisdirty says:
    Jan 17, 2016 9:03 PM
    Bye bye Steelers fans, season over, no more soup for you!!! I love the whining. “We gave it to them”. Like the RB just handed him the ball why is no one talking about that fraud Ben. No one said his heroic he was because he wasn’t friggin hurt!!! Didn’t work pumpkin head. Obviously, though his head is freakishly fat, it isn’t filled with a brain.
    ————-
    Who are you? And try to keep up…….jealous much?

  77. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 18, 2016 2:48 PM

    Looks like another New England Super Bowl. I think I might barf.

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