Found January 13, 2013 on BroncoTalk:
There’s no sugarcoating this one, Denver Broncos fans. It’s 1996 all over again. This one stings. The Broncos are not Super Bowl bound. The Broncos are not preparing to host an AFC Championship Game next week. The Broncos have one-and-blundered a playoff game and are one-and-done. The Denver Broncos, 13-3, winners of 11 straight, and first seed in the AFC, are done. The Baltimore Ravens edged them in a double overtime game in the divisional playoffs. Let’s break it down. The Good 1. Trindon Holliday. The specialist set two separate playoff records today with his punt and kick returns for touchdowns. Holliday, who had been struggling with ball security as the regular season reached its conclusion, proved to be the most dangerous weapon for the Broncos Saturday afternoon. Without his 14 points, this may have been a blowout loss. 2. Ronnie Hillman. Of all the people to carry this team on his back, who would have thought it would be this rookie? Another young player struggling with ball security near season’s end, Hillman rose to this playoff occasion, especially in the second half. 3. Wesley Woodyard. He balled out. Woodyard seemed to be on a different level today. It felt like half of his defensive teammates were choking with nervousness while Woodyard rose to the occasion. He gave his all, every single play. The Bad 1. The officiating. Can we have the replacement refs back now? This was the most atrociously called game I have seen in some time. Phantom PI’s called against the Broncos, extending Ravens drives. No flag for real PI’s against the Ravens, resulting in at least one Peyton Manning interception. Terrible delays in the game as of the officiating crew struggled to communicate with each other and to the fans. A complete blind eye to the holds against Elvis Dumervil. Questionable play reviews, and a clear favoritism toward the traveling underdogs. 2. The offensive playcalling. All week leading up to the game, media had been praising the chemistry of Peyton Manning to his receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Yet, when game time came, it felt like the Broncos had forgotten that connection altogether. The Broncos were conservative — painfully so — and never went for the Ravens’ jugular, despite having a lead most of the game. They ran and dumped off and ran and ran again, when this season had been built on the arm of Peyton Manning. With three minutes to play and one first down to go from a victory, the team should have relied on Manning’s arm at least once, rather than running on every down to eliminate 30 more seconds of clock time. They should have been bold. They should have been aggressive. They should have let Peyton win the game. 3. The defensive execution. If it wasn’t for the big plays the defense allowed, the Broncos would be preparing for the final round of the playoffs next Sunday. The Broncos failed to consistently pressure Joe Flacco. The secondary allowed receivers to get behind them, leading to touchdowns. Ray Rice broke into the backfield and proved too slippery to take down right away. Few defensive players played with any consistency Saturday. It was a blight on an otherwise successful season. The Heartbreaking 1. Rahim Moore. Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post is already calling it the worst play in franchise history. It’s hard to come up with something worse. All Moore had to do was the one and first job of every safety in the NFL — not let the wide receiver behind him. Instead, Moore did, and even when Joe Flacco‘s Hail Mary pass hung in the air, Moore tried to backpedal to make a play instead of sprinting to get in coverage, an egregious error that led to the tying score with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The Broncos and Ravens had no business going into overtime — basic defensive fundamentals would have prevented that. 2. Champ Bailey Champ remains one of the most consistent, hard-to-beat cornerbacks in the NFL, despite his age, but Saturday was an exception. Champ was beaten, plain and simple, and it was difficult to watch. 3. Peyton Manning.. The throw across his body that was intercepted to end the game. After so many years and so many throws in this league, it’s hard to accept that that throw was his last of the 2012 season. Manning needs to stop trying so hard to make a play in the playoffs, and let his team naturally rise up to make plays for him. He needs to talk to John Elway. More. It was a great year boys — a great year until Saturday’s terrible ending, wiping out a successful season. This won’t be remembered for the 11 straight wins, it will be remembered for the heartbreaking loss. 2012 is 1996 all over again. Hopefully the sting of this year has the same effect on this coming team as it did then. Go Broncos, 2013.

Holliday scores on punt and kickoff return

In case you missed the first points scored in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, check it out here. Broncos return man Trindon Holliday took a punt to the house for 90 yards! It was set up perfectly and got things going in Denver where they currently sit at a 14-all-tie.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Editor-in-Chief – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK...

Broncos’ should name January 12th an annual Holliday

The Denver Broncos may want to name January 12th an annual holiday thanks to kick returner Trindon Holliday. During the 2012-2013 season no NFL team has lost a single game when Trindon Holliday has been on the team. Waived by the Houston Texans after Week 5, Holliday joined the Broncos Week 6 when Denver started their 12 game winning streak. The Texans were 5-0 with him as well...

Trindon Holliday scores two return touchdowns in AFC Divisional Round

In the Broncos-Ravens AFC Divisional round game Saturday, Denver's Trindon Holliday became the first player in NFL postseason history to have both a kick return touchdown and punt return touchdown, in the same game. And the game's still in the third quarter as I write this, so maybe he'll even get another return touchdown. Here's Holliday's punt return touchdown...

Trindon Holliday’s shows off his explosiveness again with 105 yard kick return to open the 2nd half

I wonder how bad the Houston Texans feel cutting Trindon Holliday?  He had a huge punt return in the first half, and to open the second half he houses this kickoff to give the Broncos their lead back.  There have been a ton of huge plays in this game, and Holliday has been simply incredible.Trindon Holliday now has the longest Punt Return TD AND longest Kickoff Return TD in NFL...

Holliday's 90-yard punt return a postseason record

Denver's Trindon Holliday has set an NFL playoff record with the 90-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Holliday caught the punt and was barely touched as he began working his way down a sideline. Punter Sam Koch also barely touched Holliday just before he reached the end zone, where a host of Broncos ran...

Video: Trindon Holliday opens second half with record 104-yard kickoff return for TD

Hard to believe that Denver Broncos’ return man Trindon Holliday was picked up off the scrap heap. Earlier, Holliday set an NFL playoff record with a 90-yard punt return for a TD. He followed that up by opening the 2nd-half kickoff for an NFL record 104-yard return for TD

Trindon Holliday’s incredible 89-yard punt return

Denver Bronco’s kick/punt returner Trindon Holliday is the only undefeated player in the NFL, and it appears he is trying his hardest to keep that streak going.  Holliday had this incredible punt return after the Baltimore Raven’s first unsuccessful series.  He is a total track star, and did a great job eluding everyone, even though Ravens punter Sam Koch gave him a run for...

Trindon Holliday Returns Punt for 90 Yard Touchdown

The Divisional round of the playoffs are officially under way with Baltimore taking on the Broncos in game 1.  It didn't take long for sparks to fly in this game.  Baltimore started the game with the ball and punted after 5 plays, only to have Trindon Holliday return the punt for a 90 yard touchdown.  Check out the return below.  P.S. As I was writing this post, Joe Flacco...

Trindon Holliday returns punt 90-yards for touchdown against Ravens (Video)

For those of you trying to track down the first touchdown of the Denver Broncos/Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional playoff game, it came courtesy of Denver returner Trindon Holliday. One of the shortest players in the NFL (at only 5'5) took a punt by Baltimore's Sam Koch the distance of 90 yards for a NFL playoff record: (Courtesy of Bleacher Report)

Holliday does it again

Kick returner Trindon Holliday did it in the first half and now he did it in the second half. Holliday took the opening kickoff of the second half 104 yards to put the Broncos back on top 28-21. This is one wild game.

Holliday returns punt for touchdown

A solid first drive ended with a Sam Koch. The first down on the first drive was positive. What happened on Koch’s punt was not. Punt returner Trindon Holliday took one back 90 yards to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Not a good start for the Ravens.

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