(USA Today) If the Denver Broncos were going to come back to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, they likely would’ve needed a miracle Hail Mary to do it. And if that opportunity would’ve presented itself, we would’ve seen rookie Brock Osweiler — not Peyton Manning — in there to heave one final pass.
“I was going in for the Hail Mary,” Osweiler said, via Tuesday’s edition of The Denver Post. “I’m not sure what the dividing line was as far as me going in, but I was getting ready to go in.”
An indictment on Manning’s arm strength? You better believe it is.
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Denver’s defense needed to force a punt in the final minute for this to happen, but when Michael Turner ran for 15 yards with 1:54 remaining, it allowed the Falcons to run out the clock and hold on for a 27-21 victory.
But we’re curious to know what the “dividing line” would’ve been, in all honesty.
If it was on the Broncos’ side of the field — say, the 45-yard-line, calling for at least a 65-yard bomb to the end zone — there’s no way surgically repaired Manning could make that throw (could he even make it during one of his MVP seasons?). Anything shorter than that, and eyebrows would’ve raised if Osweiler still got the call.
Maybe we’ll find out later this season what that “dividing line” is.