Mike Kiszla: Words can't erase the scoreboard's finality

There's a lot of blame to go around for Broncos' loss

January 12, 2013|By Mike Kiszla | The Denver Post

DENVER — Loser won't be the worst name Broncos safety Rahim Moore will be called after committing the biggest orange-and-blue blunder in team history.

"I'm taking the blame for it. Hey, I lost the game for us. It is what it is," Moore said Saturday evening, his voice cracking after Denver was eliminated from the NFL playoffs with a shocking 38-35 double-overtime loss to Baltimore.

In a Denver locker room where grown men fought back tears and quarterback Peyton Manning's storybook finish was shattered before the final chapter could begin, Broncos coach John Fox had to find some way to say goodbye. Trouble is, mere words never speak louder than the scoreboard.

So Fox stood before his disconsolate players and sent a direct, tough love message straight from the heart: "Don't let this defeat define you."

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