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QB Play: B-
Peyton Manning picked up where his glory years left off, but he was both conservative and ineffective in the third quarter. It's tough to blame him completely for his first interception and lost sack-fumble, but they happened.
Manning got it going again in the fourth quarter, leading to a critical touchdown drive. He repeatedly faltered in the first overtime, though, including a shocking interception that set up the game-winner for the Ravens.
Run Game: D
There were an awful lot of Knowshon Moreno runs into the back of his own linemen. Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Jacob Hester combined for just 72 yards on 24 regulation carries. For once, the offensive coordinator didn't abandon the run early enough.
The Broncos repeatedly ran in short-yardage situations, and they were repeatedly disappointed.
Overall Offense: C+
Twenty-one regulation offensive points isn't bad at all, and the Broncos scored when they absolutely had to. There were long stretches where the Broncos looked ineffective, but bizarre officiating interfered with potential scoring drives.
Credit was given for an outstanding day by the Broncos offensive line, in both pass protection and run-blocking. Points were docked for a total inability to score a point in more than a quarter of overtime.
Run Defense: A-
The Broncos defensive line got incredible push, early and often. It surrendered one big 32-yard run to Ray Rice, but other than that held him to just 99 yards on 29 carries (3.4 yards per attempt). Night and day compared to the Colts' nonexistent run-stopping last week.
Pass Defense: D
Torrey Smith's speed, jumping ability and route running gave Champ Bailey fits all day, and the Broncos defense took far too long to adjust. Poor Joe Flacco throws prevented at least one and possibly two touchdowns where the Broncos D could not.
An inexcusable failure of deep prevent coverage let the Ravens tie the game with 31 seconds left.
Overall Defense: B-
The Broncos front seven deserves a better grade, and the secondary a worse one. They surrendered 31 points at home that could have been much more or much less, depending on a couple plays and some ref interference.
Special Teams: A++
This feature usually doesn't grade special teams, but the Broncos' two return touchdowns couldn't go unmentioned. One "+" was deducted for Matt Prater's 52-yard field-goal "attempt."