Broncos' Fox sticks by playoff decision

Broncos' Fox sticks by playoff decision
May 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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That hailing-est of Hail Marys that brought the Ravens to overtime and a stirring playoff victory over the Broncos in January might be just a pleasant memory instead of a seminal moment in Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl if it weren’t for a bit of help by Denver.

No, not the inexplicable defense that allowed Jacoby Jones to get behind the secondary for a 70-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds left in regulation. Though that certainly helped, we’re talking about what happened right afterward. With the game tied, Denver had the ball at its 20, with those 31 seconds on the clock, two timeouts and one of the greatest hurry-up quarterbacks of all time, Peyton Manning. But the Broncos chose a kneel-down and let the game go to OT.

With the benefit of four-plus months of hindsight, Broncos coach John Fox said he would do it the same way again.

"I've debated it with my staff, my wife, myself,” he told the Denver Post recently. “I would do the same thing 10 times out of 10. … Too many bad things could happen. Remember, we had a pick-six earlier in the game."

Plus, Fox said, his team was still in shock over how the Ravens had tied the game.

"When they scored the touchdown, you could hear crickets in the stadium," he said. "You think the crowd was shocked? It was a lot harder on the players and the coaches. It was a 12-round fight. We had been knocked down by a hard punch. The best thing we could do was get up, regroup and get to the next round."

If it’s any consolation, Coach, everyone in Baltimore would agree with your decision, too.