The Broncos gather Monday for their first full practice since that fateful, frigid night in Denver when safety Rahim Moore allowed Jacoby Jones‘ 70-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco in the final minute of regulation in the divisional game the Ravens won in double overtime on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
Although there was plenty of blame to go around, Moore took the brunt of public criticism along with coach John Fox for his decision to have Peyton Manning take a knee afterward and take his chances in overtime.
Many fans wondered if Moore could ever play in Denver again after his gaffe, akin to Bill Buckner’s ball-through-the-legs moment in the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets.
The Broncos, however, are sticking with the third-year pro who remains the starter at free safety.
“I think he’s over it; I think we’re all over it, you know,” Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. “I think we all look back and see things that we could have done better. We also look back with a great deal of pride in what we accomplished. We played some very good defense and he was central to that. So, we want to feel good about what went well. We want to feel the sting of what went bad. And we want to get ready to be better this year.”