Broncos QB Kyle Orton posted the second-most passing yards (476) in a single game in franchise history in Denver's 27-13 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Orton completed 37-of-57 passes (64.9%) for a career-high 476 yards with one touchdown and one interception (89.5 rtg.) against Indianapolis and has now also posted the second-most passing yards through the team's first three regular-season games in franchise history and the fifth-most in NFL history (since 1960) during a club's first three games.
Orton, who came into the game with an NFL-high eight completions of 25+ yards, completed five more passes against Indianapolis to raise his season total to 13.
Denver WR Brandon Lloyd (6-169) and WR Jabar Gaffney (12-140) became the second pair of Broncos teammates in the past 10 seasons to each post 100 receiving yards in a game. The accomplishment marked the 22nd time in franchise history two players recorded at least 100 receiving yards in a game.
Lloyd's receiving yardage total (169) was the highest of his career and marked his fifth 100-yard receiving game. Gaffney's 140 receiving yards were the second most he has recorded in a game during his career. Gaffney now owns six career 100-yard receiving games (4 regular season, 2 postseason).
Broncos RB Laurence Maroney made his first start since Dec. 6, 2009, at Miami as a member of the New England Patriots and led the club with 12 rushes for 24 yards to go along with two receptions for 40 yards... CB Perrish Cox, who became the fourth Broncos rookie since 2005 to start at outside cornerback, led the team with four passes defensed.
RB CORRELL BUCKHALTER
On the frustration of today's game
"Like we talked about last week, that's the most critical part of the game when we get in the red zone. If you don't come away with touchdowns, it's hard to beat a good team like the (Indianapolis) Colts. We fell short today. The Colts are a good team – you've got to execute on all p's and q's to beat those guys."
On the goal line stand by the Colts
"You know, I thought he (RB Laurence Maroney) was in, but they challenged it and he wasn't, so you can't harp on that. You've just got to get ready for the next play."
On if today's game is something to build on
"Absolutely, you know we take it one week at a time and one opponent at a time. You know, this game is over – we go in tomorrow and correct our mistakes and get ready for the (Tennessee) Titans on Sunday."
QB KYLE ORTON
On the team's struggles in the red zone
"Well, that is a good red zone football team (Indianapolis Colts). You know, that's what their team is built around – success in the red zone, defense is very fast. They play a tough coverage that is hard to throw the ball against down there, and we just did not execute. Everything has to happen fast, everybody has to be on the same page and just a few plays we weren't."
On not getting in the end zone on 1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line
"You have to get the last one. The last one is the most important. We missed a fade throw to (WR) Demaryius Thomas and we got soft on three runs, so I give them credit. They are a good football team, and they have been for a long time. Like I said, hopefully we can learn something coming out of it."
On if there were any plays today where he and the receivers were not on the same page
"We had the 4th-down call, but you know it was just a tough situation. Those play happen in a game. Unfortunately, it happened on a 4th-down call, but those things happen and I have a lot of confidence with all of our guys and thought the wide receivers played a good game again. We'll just hopefully make that play next time."
On if he feels like the team let this game get away
"No, they beat us. You don't give games away in the NFL – you get beat. They came in and beat us at home. (It was) a frustrating loss, disappointing loss. Like I said, you take something away from it and see a great team that's done it for a long time and hopefully learn a little bit from it."
On if he thought RB Laurence Maroney scored on the 4th-and-1
"I thought so, but after the video, you know, you could kind of tell that he wasn't."
On the running game
"When you lose a game, nothing was real effective obviously. Stats are pretty much meaningless when you lose, and there are other plays we made in the passing game that we didn't make, and certainly some plays in the running game to be made too. I thought the offensive line pass protected really well, and thought (RB) Laurence (Maroney) and (RB) ‘Buck' (Correll Buckhalter) played hard."
On the team going for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal
"Well, you need touchdowns down there, you know. He (Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning) is going to come down and get his, so whether it is first, second, third or fourth down, we are looking to score touchdowns down there. I'm sure we would call them again – I would love to call them again and I'm sure we will hit them the next time."
On if he expected to throw the ball as much as he did today
"I don't know about that, you know. I call the play that he (Head Coach Josh McDaniels) calls, and try to execute it. We would love to stay balanced any time we could, but if the passing game is working and other things aren't then we will try to throw it."
On if he has ever thrown for over 470 yards before
"Not since college, I don't think. It's usually not a recipe for wins for the most part."
On the play of the receivers today
"Yeah, they came up with great catches and a lot of good explosive plays after the catch – that's really what we wanted to focus on – hitting chunk plays in the play action game. It's tough to drive the ball 14 or 15 plays against these guys. You figure that the defensive ends are going to get to you one of the times. We wanted to try and hit 20, 25 yard plus games in the play-action game, and that is one the things we did a good job of doing."
LB MARIO HAGGAN
On Colts QB Peyton Manning
"That's what great players do. They make everyone else around them better. I think it took him awhile to figure out what we were playing, but once he figured it out he started dropping the ball out to other people and we just didn't make enough plays today."
On the Broncos' defense
"Just disguising – not letting him (figure it out). We played several coverages – it's just the way that we disguised them and didn't give it away early on in the down and (QB Peyton Manning) was patient and yes, they made some adjustments. We had a great game plan and we felt like we still played it well into the fourth quarter. Obviously, we just didn't make enough plays to finish the game."
On the success of the Broncos' defense against the Colts' run game
"We just secured tackles and just played downhill and obviously (QB Peyton Manning) got the pass game going (and) in a situation like that and they kind of got away from the running game. It could have been whether they wanted to go to the pass or whether we were just stopping (the run). They didn't (run) a lot and obviously the pass was working for them a little bit."
S RENALDO HILL
On Colts QB Peyton Manning
"I was breaking hard on it and when I looked up, it felt like it was past me. I was just trying to play hard. We were looking for opportunities to get turnovers and (we) just have to keep playing. I just can't live with that one, just have to try to go out there and make more (plays)."
On whether a team has to play perfect to beat the Colts
"You want to go out there each Sunday and play good complementary football and it's our part on defense to try to go out and generate some turnovers. We weren't able to do that this week, but we've got to keep working."
On Colts QB Peyton Manning
"You know that he's going to take his shots. Guys held up pretty well (in the secondary) for the most part of the game, it was just a few here and there and sometimes that's all it takes with him. Like I said, a lot of guys competed today."
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