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The Broncos still had 31 seconds and two timeouts left after Rahim Moore's blunder. They also still had Peyton Manning, who was having a pretty good day, and a big-legged kicker despite his earlier shank.
Naturally, what did John Fox decide to do rather than go for a game-winning field-goal drive? Why, take a knee, of course.
The pusillanimity of the moment ultimately doomed Denver to an overtime loss, and Atlanta's ability to drive the field for a game-winning field goal in nearly identical circumstances the following day drove the point home. But it was just one decision in a host of poor ones at the end of the game.
Coming out of the two-minute warning and facing a 3rd-and-7 with a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Broncos elected to play it safe by running the ball to wind down the clock an extra 40 seconds rather than go for the first down and ice the game.