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Sunday’s divisional playoff game was not the Denver Bronco’s finest hour. In fact it was the worst game they played all season. Most of the game was spent in punt out city as the Bronco’s persisted in running on first down and second down and not gaining enough yardage to convert their third downs.
Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning threw numerous incompletions, and his receivers could not manage to catch balls that were catchable. The only touchdown of the game came early in the first quarter when Manning hit his favorite receiver Julius Thomas, who took it down the field; Demaryius Thomas took it across the goal line to make the score 7-0, and that was the last time the Broncos would be in the lead.
An obviously frustrated Peyton Manning after the game refused to say that he would be back with the Broncos next year and made an oblique reference to changes in the coaching staff.
Bronco defense struggled with the Colt offense and managed to sack Colt quarterback Andrew Luck once and intercept him twice but could not contain the Colts running and passing game that produced three touchdowns and a field goal. Colt kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 44- yard field goal in the second quarter.
Broncos could not get their new found running game (C.J. Anderson) blocked loose against the Colt defense, and their passing game consistently went to incomplete city. The best they could do after their first quarter touchdown were two Connor Barth field goals to make the final score 24-13.
Bronco defense in their last possession of the game allowed Colts to sack Manning as he was driving Demaryius Thomas to the Colt 25 yard line. They also allowed a strip fumble of Manning in the second quarter on the Denver 49 yard line that led to a Colt touchdown to make the score 14 to 7.
The Colts will go on to play the New England Patriots next weekend, and the Green Bay Packers will play last year’s Super Bowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks.
The Broncos went back to the drawing board to work on next year’s team. Reportedly Fox and the Bronco management mutually agreed to part company on Monday afternoon
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