The Denver Broncos cruised past the Baltimore Ravens with a dominating second-half performance on both sides of the ball, but it wasn't all roses for the home team in their 49-27 win.
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan dropped the ball in celebration as he was running into the end zone after picking off Joe Flacco, sacrificing a would-be touchdown and giving the Ravens the ball right back.
Flacco looked right for a short dump pass to running back Ray Rice at their own 30-yard line when Trevathan stepped in front to take it away. No player was within 10 yards of him when he made the mistake of dropping the ball.
Despite Trevathan's mistake, it didn't pose a serious threat to Denver's chances of winning their Week 1 showdown with the reigning Super Bowl champions. However, the score would have put the Broncos up 48-17. Instead, the Ravens drove down and cut the score down to 42-24.
The play draws parallels to a similar gaffe from Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who dropped a would-be touchdown in 2008 that would have given his Eagles the lead at the time over the Dallas Cowboys.
While the play didn't have an impact on the game's outcome, it will surely invoke some harsh words from Trevathan's coaches and laughter from his teammates over the coming days.
The second-year linebacker out of Kentucky had a promising rookie campaign for the Broncos, posting 33 tackles—which ranked second among Denver rookies—and making an appearance in all 16 games. He started his first career game on Thursday.
The pick was Trevathan's first of his career, and undoubtedly one he would like to have back.