Broncos v. Giants Report Card

The Denver Broncos had a chance to put away the game against the Giants in the fourth quarter but Jason Elam missed a 49-yard field goal. Read how the special teams as well as the other units graded out in the loss.


PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus -- The Broncos once again didn't make many big plays on offense. They've been conservative and that has helped them cut down turnovers, but they've also bogged down in the fourth quarter of their last three games. On a third and five late in the fourth quarter the Broncos threw to running back Tatum Bell incomplete when they needed a first down to keep the clock running.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell are on a roll. They combined for 180 yards against the Giants. Anderson ground out tough yards and Bell had another big play, a 37-yard run. The only negative was they couldn't keep the clock moving in the fourth quarter, which would have helped out the defense.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- The Broncos had problems with Plaxico Burress' physical play. The Broncos contended that some of the penalties against their defensive backs were after Burress initiated contact. On New York's final drive, the Broncos defense couldn't make a play to finish the game.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Broncos did a decent job against Tiki Barber. Barber had 86 yards on 19 carries. Through three quarters Denver's defense was working on a pretty good performance before Giants quarterback Eli Manning beat them in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Broncos had a chance to put away the game in the fourth quarter but Jason Elam missed a 49-yard field goal. Denver's special teams didn't do much to help the Broncos win Sunday's game.

COACHING: D -- The Broncos didn't push any of the right buttons in the fourth quarter. They played a poor fourth quarter for the third straight week, which reflects on the coaches for not fixing the problem after the first two poor fourth quarters. Denver had no answers to turn it around in the fourth quarter when the game was slipping away.

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