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Week 12: Broncos breakdown

By: FRANK SCHWAB
November 26, 2009
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photo - Brian Dawkins was the player of the game Thursday. You could say he the player of the pregame, too. Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE
Brian Dawkins was the player of the game Thursday. You could say he the player of the pregame, too. Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE 

REVIEW OF THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Stop the run

The longest run the Giants had was 14 yards. Denver was physical and got penetration up field, which is what the defense did well early in the year. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs had only
27 yards on 11 carries.

2. Protect Orton

Quarterback Kyle Orton had plenty of time to throw on Thursday night. He was sacked only once, and the Giants registered only two quarterback hits.

3. Force turnovers

Finally, the Broncos started making some big plays on defense. A fumble recovery in the second quarter was a big play in the game. Later, cornerback Andre Goodman intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning. New York had three turnovers in all.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Broncos S Brian Dawkins: Dawkins, who was limited in practice early in the week with a neck injury, was full of energy the entire game. He led the team with eight tackles, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Receiver Brandon Marshall has made many impressive catches in his career, and his grab in the second quarter will go near the top of the list. On a deep pass, Marshall reached up with his right hand and snatched the ball out of the air for the one-handed catch. Marshall got up pointing at coach Josh McDaniels, and sprinted toward him to celebrate the play. Marshall made another juggling one-handed catch in the third quarter.

TURNING POINT

The Broncos had dominated the game in the first quarter and early stages of the second quarter, but had a small 6-0 lead. Then linebacker Mario Haggan stripped running back Danny Ware of the ball, safety Brian Dawkins recovered and four plays later Knowshon Moreno scored a touchdown to give the Broncos a 13-0 lead.

MATCHUP FOCUS

The Broncos had not been able to stop the run for four straight weeks, and the Giants are a team that enjoys pounding it on the ground. But Denver played very well against the run and the Giants had only 57 yards on 16 carries.

KEY COACHING CALL

Josh McDaniels is aggressive in all situations. In the second quarter, instead of trying a 46-yard field goal, McDaniels went for it on fourth-and-5. Quarterback Kyle Orton found tight end Tony Scheffler over the middle for a 22-yard gain to the Giants’ 7-yard line.

McDANIELS EXPLETIVE

The NFL Network could pick up Broncos coach Josh McDaniels’ words, but it might have regretted that in the first half. The emotional coach was yelling at the offense on the sideline and said an expletive that wasn’t bleeped by the network. Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa apologized to viewers on the air. McDaniels said he did not know about the expletive going out over the air.

QUOTE TO NOTE

“He said I was going to see ‘The Beast’ tonight. I guess that’s what he meant.” — Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on Brandon Marshall’s two one-handed catches

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