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The Denver Broncos' regular-season winning streak finally comes to a close in Week 7 of the 2013 season.
Since the Broncos came back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the San Diego Chargers in Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season, Denver had not lost a regular-season game—before the loss to the Colts, the Broncos had run off 17 straight victories in the regular season, fourth best in NFL history.
Although Week 7's 39-33 loss to the Colts was painful, it's a blessing in disguise.
After the Broncos' 6-0 start behind the superb play of Manning and the offense, pundits were already talking about the Broncos going undefeated in the regular season.
This is a team that entered the postseason last year on an 11-game winning streak as favorites to play in the Super Bowl—only to lose its first postseason game to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.
This year, the Broncos have already suffered a painful loss to the likes of the Colts in Week 7. The Colts revealed weaknesses in the Broncos' armor and a blueprint on how to slow down Denver's offensive attack.
Luckily for the Broncos, unlike their loss to the Ravens in last year's playoffs, they'll have 10 more weeks to cure their woes.
A humbling loss couldn't have come at a better time for the Broncos.