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Early in the game against Baltimore, the Broncos were airing it out quite often.
Peyton Manning attempted 10 passes in the first quarter and 13 in the second.
Obviously it's reasonable to rely on a future Hall of Famer, because that's why John Elway brought Manning to Denver in the first place.
The passing game, though, was not getting Baltimore on its heels enough as intended. Also, would Denver have been in position to win if we take away Trindon Holliday's unbelievable performance on returns?
Well, had the game played out in the same manner, Baltimore would have run away with it in the second half.
So, when it came time to really put the game away in the final minutes, the running game was not established to the point of making Ravens honor the potential threat of play-action.
Ronnie Hillman stepped up in a big way during the fourth quarter, which does add promise for the young ball-carrier next season. Regardless, attacking more up front during the beginning stages of any game forces a defense to remain honest in the most crucial of moments.
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