John Elway has been down this lonely road before.
With their 38-35 loss in double-overtime to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, the Denver Broncos became the ninth No. 1 seed in the last eight years to go down in the divisional round.
The intended target for Peyton Manning’s last pass of the season didn’t sleep much after the game that brought Denver’s run to the Super Bowl to an unexpected halt.
Usually more comfortable in the pocket, Peyton Manning scrambled to his right to avoid pressure. And usually so accurate, the Broncos quarterback threw a pass across his body – an ill-advised toss.
Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are two of the biggest reasons the Denver Broncos haven’t lost in three months heading into their AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.
These days, when John Elway scans the field looking to make the perfect move for the Broncos, he is viewing not from under center but from a second-floor office that overlooks the practice field.
Peyton Manning’s pocket of protection is about to get an upgrade. A finally healthy Chris Kuper is expected to return at right guard Saturday when the top-seeded Denver Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff.
More than 15 years later, the words “Jacksonville Jaguars” still hit like a cold splash of water around Denver, especially during playoff time.
Peyton Manning’s mastery of offense has been given much attention, and with his arrival in Denver, the receivers really enjoyed a renaissance.
Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.The Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC’s top seed.