The Denver Broncos were one pass defense away from eliminating the Baltimore Ravens from the playoffs, the eventual Super Bowl champions. Instead, Jacoby Jones got loose for a miracle touchdown and Peyton Manning's first season in Denver ended with a Divisional Round loss.
It's a play that probably still haunts Broncos fans, but it's important not to lose sight of the progress made throughout the season. Denver will head into next season as one of the top title contenders and still has time to bolster its roster.
The other good news for the Broncos is next season's schedule. It's by far the easiest slate any team will face next season based on 2012 records, according to ESPN, which should give Manning and Co. some margin for error in the final weeks.
All told, it sets up as another promising season in Denver. Let's examine the roster to analyze what areas are completely set and which ones are still in need of reinforcements. The Broncos have certainly shown a willingness to make moves when necessary.