If you would have told me that the two, first ballot Hall of Famers on the Denver Broncos would be the main culprit for a Broncos loss, I would have laughed at you. That would have been like telling me I would be starting at running back for them. It just wasn’t going to happen. Unfortunately it did.
In the offseason, everyone kept asking if the regular Peyton Manning would be returning to the field. The unfortunate thing is that he did. He was great in the regular season, and a disappointment in the playoffs. We can spin the narrative however we want, but the evidence is there. He didn’t make the plays when they needed to be made. Like they always say, quarterbacks get too much of the credit and also too much of the blame. When you commit three turnovers that result in seventeen points in a home playoff game, that blame is warranted.
So where do I go from here? I’ll take a few days to let this sink in and realize the window for Denver to win is very brief. Manning at quarterback will continue to bother me and then worry me once the playoffs arrive. However, my other dream still lives. Ray Lewis will return to the AFC Championship game, in hopes of moving towards that final goal of a Super Bowl. I don’t know how much emotion I have left, but if Baltimore can keep this up, I’ll keep rolling on this “last ride” with Ray Lewis.