The 2012 Denver Broncos had their season ended by the eventual AFC champion Baltimore Ravens a couple of weeks ago in a heartbreaking double-overtime loss at Mile High. The Broncos entered the game as 10-point favorites and there was little doubt that they would move on to the AFC Championship game.
And then the game actually happened.
The Broncos and Ravens were neck-and-neck throughout with the Broncos controlling the contest late. Denver was up 35-28 with a little over a minute remaining with the Ravens needing to drive 79 yards down the field to force overtime.
You know what happened after that.
In the most unlikely of scenarios, Joe Flacco completed a 70-yard-touchdown pass in a badly misplayed sequence by the Broncos defense.
The rest is history.
The Broncos enter the offseason wondering what could have been. Having wasted a 13-3 season and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the 2013 team needs to improve in a few areas if they want to make sure that the same result does not happen again next year.
Here are four areas Denver needs to improve upon entering next season.