The Denver Broncos collapsed in the final minutes of Saturday’s AFC divisional round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. One of the key plays was a 70 yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones.
Jones got behind the Broncos secondary after Denver safety Rahim Moore inexplicably took a horrible angle on the ball and watched it sail over his head into Jones’ arms for the score. That play led to overtime, where the Ravens ultimately hit a game-winning field goal to advance to the AFC Championship game.
While there were many poor decisions by Denver during the game, fans kept pointing to Moore’s misplay of the ball as the one that cost them the game.
Moore shouldered the blame for the loss and apologized after the final whistle.
“The season ended on me,” Moore said, via The Denver Post. “Next time the opportunity comes I will make the play. I’m sorry the way the season ended. It ended on me, which I never expected.”
You can blame the poor throw from Peyton Manning in overtime or the incredibly conservative play-calling from John Fox down the stretch for Denver’s loss, but it all continued to circle back to Moore.
“It was my fault,” Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “If they wouldn’t have scored on us on the last play, we’d be in here rejoicing so if people don’t like me after that, I’m sorry. That is my fault and I am going to take full responsibility for it.”
It’s an unfortunate end to the season for the Broncos and Moore will have to live with that mistake for the entire offseason. You better believe that one play will stay in his mind and make him hungrier than ever when he returns to the field next season.