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Fourth Quarter Game Grade: F
John Fox earns an F for the fourth quarter and an overall F for the game.
When faced with a decision to either kick an extra-point and guarantee a need for three total scoring drives to tie the game, or attempt a two-point conversion to try for a one-possession game, Fox decided simply to accept his fate as a loser in New England and kick the ball.
Right afterwards, Fox lined his special teams unit up to kick an on-side kick and continue the Broncos' march back into contention, but it was a fake. Matt Prater simply kicked the ball into the air and let Rob Gronkowski fall on it at his own 40-yard line.
Finally, during the last drive of the game for Denver's offense, Fox took the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands, who had been masterful so far on the drive, and handed it off to Willis McGahee who promptly fumbled the ball back into New England's possession.
Fox's conservative playcalling needs to go fast if Denver ever hopes to compete with teams like the Patriots.
Third Quarter Game Grade: D
Are the coaches for the Denver Broncos still asleep in the locker room?
Where is the urgency? Where is the sense of responsibility as the team as a whole is failing terribly?
The Broncos have failed to run a complete game in 2012, but now they're managing to play a completely terrible game, and it starts and finishes with the coaches.
Second Quarter Game Grade: C
The Denver Broncos' coaching staff is seriously mediocre today.
Jack Del Rio hasn't been able to get the defense fired up enough until it's almost too late. And John Fox and Mike McCoy aren't making the right calls to get Peyton Manning's offense moving smoothly.
They've focused far too much on the run game, playing keep-away football. But they're not finishing drives, and giving Tom Brady more than enough time to operate a no-huddle offense.
First Quarter Game Grade: C
I'm giving the coaching a C because the play-calling seems a bit confusing in the first quarter for the Denver Broncos.
Mike McCoy is trying to fool the New England defense by moving wide receivers like Demaryius Thomas into the backfield, but it isn't fooling anyone.
The defense started well, but the playcalls and formations were way off later in the quarter and allowed Tom Brady and his offense to march down the field with ease.