There's gonna be unnecessary panic unfortunately, however, the team we saw in the first half was the team you should be looking at.
This is a game all about momentum guys, we lost that momentum though.
JOHN HARBAUGH and the staff up there should've thrown the red challenge flag on the incomplete pass on 3rd down, but didn't. It was clearly on the ground, and the completion came after the HUGE sack we had. Refs should seen the ball on the ground, but didn't for the second time. Frustrating, to say the least.
I'm sure the defense was probably waiting for the red flag, and didn't expect that the Broncos would get the play off. Corey Graham was yelling at Harbaugh to throw it, most likely distracted.
That's when it all went downhill.
A 34 yard pass later, they score an easy touchdown and gain HUGE momentum. Comparable to the Super Bowl momentum shift, except we had a bigger lead and a defense with more spirit.
Injuries did not help the offense AT ALL. Oher and Jones out... Pocket collapses because of the now-hyped up defense, Flacco can't do anything but try to make a big play to shift momentum, which he clearly didn't. There couldn't be a better time for the Broncos to put pressure on the offense.
So a three-and-out, it couldn't get worse though, right?
Then the blocked punt. Oh my lord, that pretty much sealed the game right there.
The blocked punt gave Broncos MASSIVE momentum and ANOTHER easy touchdown. Notice how these two touchdowns were NOT the defense's fault really, especially since the first one should've never happened. Momentum is everything.
After another three-and-out with a drop from Dallas Clark, a dejected defense then came in afterwards, which Manning would pick apart. With the three and out, the defense was tired and probably really pissed that the previous two touchdown happened.
So after the initial two touchdowns, basically what happened was Manning wearing down the defense with the Broncos defense dominating because of the momentum. This game is ALL about momentum, a spark is needed to make a comeback. The spark came in the fourth quarter with that touchdown, but it was too late clearly.
It was practically a domino effect honestly. The score will say different, but this game was much closer if it were not for that one misplay by the coach (at least, imo).
This is still a great football team, I'm gonna be really annoyed to see all the calls for sacking... except Dallas Clark, he sucked even when we did good. Seriously, dropping the ball for a touchdown? That would've been huge, but nope.
(also we're not losing to the Browns at home, no way in hell)
Edited by SirPainsalot, 06 September 2013 - 12:15 AM.