ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Eight teams dropped more passes than the Broncos' 26 in the regular season, per STATS, Inc. Eleven teams dropped them at a higher rate than the Broncos, who dropped one every 15.15 passes that were on target.
So drops have been a problem -- and a costly one, particularly in back-to-back December defeats. But they were never as prevalent as during Sunday's, when Broncos wide receivers and running backs dropped seven passes -- including six in the first half.
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Those drops were the difference between a 222-yard day for QB
"We still had  yards of ball movement, but there [were nearly] 100 yards of plays out there that we left," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "We were fine. We just needed to keep plugging away. We talked about that at halftime."
And because of that, the offense was able to refocus, and the drops didn't mushroom into complete offensive dysfunction.
"We had the drops, we had those types of things going on, but we never got frustrated and tried to force a ball or turn the ball over," Kubiak said said. "We just hung in there and kept going. I think it was ultimately the difference."
"Those two drops early, they are what they are," Fowler said. "At the end of the day, he still came to me. I had two catches, and he trusted me on a third-and-12 in the fourth. He threw me the ball and I made a play."
Fowler got his redemption on that play.
The Broncos figured it out Sunday. But they know that if they drop as many passes next week, the Patriots might not give them a chance to make up for it.