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There is an old saying in the NFL: "If you cannot gain one yard, then you don't deserve to win."
That is absolutely true, but had the Broncos cast their pride and puzzling "killer instinct" aside and kicked the field goal to go up by a touchdown, they very well might have won.
The decision to go for it on fourth down and try to put the game away said all the right things outwardly: The Broncos were going to earn the win. The Broncos were going to seize the opportunity to put the game away. John Fox has confidence in his team.
What was lacking from that equation was a running attack that could do the job.
There are many out there who may still feel like the decision was a good one regardless of the outcome, because it showed that the Broncos were hungry to win. Hunger is not a defense for foolishness.
The Broncos are simply not a good enough team to scoff in the face of points on the board via a field goal—especially when those points make it almost impossible for the team to lose the game in regulation.
Obviously, if that play turns out differently, then Fox is a confident genius. However, it didn't and the Broncos let a chance for a win slip away by showing a brashness that they haven't earned yet.