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Five Key Moments: Broncos fall to Falcons, 23-16

The Broncos lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 23-16, at home. (Photos by Eric Bakke, unless noted)

1. No escape

After a holding penalty backed up Atlanta into a first-and-20 start on their third drive, the Broncos' pass rush capitalized on second down. Though OLB Shane Ray was knocked to the ground while Falcons QB Matt Ryan started his scramble, he crawled after Ryan and eventually took him down with the help of DE Derek Wolfe. Atlanta would punt shortly afterward, which kickstarted the Broncos' first scoring drive.

2. Miller time

Von Miller got into the sack column in the third quarter with a brilliant spin move on third down, ripping into the Falcons backfield to reach Ryan.

3. T.J. takes it

T.J. Ward picked up a turnover when he simply took the ball out of Mohamed Sanu's hands on the last play of the third quarter. The turnover turned into points with a 46-yard Brandon McManus field goal.

4. In-com-plete!

With the Falcons knocking on the door, Ryan seemed to have completed a first-down pass to Sanu to the 2-yard line. But upon review, the pass was incomplete with CB Bradley Roby on the coverage. The Falcons were forced to kick a field goal.

5. Demaryius drives in

Down three scores, the Broncos marched to the goal line in hopes of cutting into the 23-6 deficit. From three yards out, Demaryius Thomas caught a screen pass and powered his way through multiple defenders for the score.


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