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Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers: Game Analysis

November 12th, 2012 at 12:52 AM
By DJ Siddiqi

'Peyton Manning throwing  a pass -- intensively.' photo (c) 2012, Jeffrey Beall - license:

What is there to say about the Broncos' 36-14 victory over the Panthers which boosted Denver's overall record to 6-3?


If there was one word to describe this game from the Broncos' perspective, it was that word.

If you could ignore Willis McGahee's ongoing fumbling problems – which saw him lose two in this game alone – and if you could ignore Peyton Manning's lost fumble in the third quarter, this was perhaps Denver's most complete game of the season.

Outside of the opening score blemish, which saw the Broncos surrender a touchdown to the lowly Panthers in which Denver's defense had blown coverage assignments on three different big passing plays, the Broncos played great on all three sides of the ball.

The Broncos scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. Peyton Manning threw a touchdown and went over 300 yards passing for the sixth time in the past seven games. He also tied Dan Marino for second on the all-time passing touchdowns list with 420 total.

Trindon Holliday returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 14-7 lead that they would never relinquish. It was his second straight game with a touchdown.

Did I mention that after Manning's fumble in the third quarter, Tony Carter picked off a Cam Newton pass for a touchdown that would give the Broncos a 24-7 lead in the third quarter?

Did I also mentioned the safety? What about the seven sacks on Newton and the relentless pressure caused by Von Miller and Denver's front seven all game long?

This wasn't a game – it was a demolition.

The Broncos aren't a perfect team, and by definition, they didn't play a perfect game.

However, after the Broncos responded to Carolina's opening touchdown drive by scoring a touchdown of their own in the first quarter, this was never a game.

And although it wasn't perfect, it was one thing.


And in case you haven't noticed, domination is becoming a weekly trend for the 2012 Denver Broncos.

Tags: Dan Marino, Denver, Denver Broncos, Football, Holliday, NFL, Peyton Manning, Tony Carter, Trindon, Von Miller, Willis McGahee

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