The intended target for Peyton Manning's last pass of the season didn't sleep much after the game that brought Denver's season to an unexpected halt.
''I kept playing it back in my head,'' Brandon Stokley said Sunday, as he discussed the loss in a rapidly clearing locker room. ''It's like a bad dream that keeps playing over and over.''
But yes, that really happened.
The 38-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens goes down as one of the most crushing defeats in Broncos history, as much for when it came -- two games short of the Super Bowl -- as the surreal way it came about.
Though Manning's interception in overtime and Rahim Moore's broken coverage stand out as lowlights from the loss, this was a game filled with mistakes, bad decisions by both coach and quarterback and more missed opportunities than the Broncos compiled in 11 games before that, all wins.
It brought a sudden close to a season that, at times, seemed almost destined to end at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. As the players...