Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) runs for a first down against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
For the second time in three years, the Denver Broncos’ perfect season has ended by the hands of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Peyton Manning will have to wait one more week to break the all time passing yards and wins after the Broncos suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-24.
For the majority of the games this season, it was the Broncos defense that was leading them to victory. However, this week the defense ended up costing them the game. A boneheaded personal foul call by Aqib Talib for poking the eye of Dwayne Allen ended the game.
After the game, he noted that he thought Miller got headbutted. Still no excuse. As the old saying goes if proven true, two wrongs do not make a right.
However, whatever hopes the Broncos had to at least tie the game was all dashed when Danny Trevathan was called for holding on a field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri that ended the game. And towards the end of the game, Talib ended up bumping an official which was another penalty.
It would not surprise me if some disciplinary action followed that. Talib followed up later by saying all he did was clapping and did not get an explanation by the officials. For that one, innocent until proven guilty.
In the first half, it appeared that the Broncos were going to fall apart on the road. But an Omar Bolden punt return for a touchdown placed a little spark in the team and gave them the motivation they needed.
However, the long third down conversions by the Colts offense and some boneheaded penalties by the defense is what ultimately cost them the game. Manning’s second interception of the game began the downward spiral towards defeat.
If there is any bright spot of this game, I think the offense did what it could to help them win the game. As my former colleague Ian St. Clair says…
The Broncos will just have to regroup and fix what went wrong for them. They play their divisional rival Kansas City Chiefs next week at Mile High. A good way to get back on track is to win against a divisional rival. Despite this loss, I will go back to what Sarah Garner said to me a week ago.
“No matter the outcome, the sky will still be blue and we’ll all continue to bleed orange. Go Broncos.”