The Denver Broncos, the team that many penciled in to be the AFC rep for the Super Bowl last season, will take the field in their first full practice for the first time Monday.
It will be the first time that safety Rahim Moore, who allowed Jacoby Jones‘ 70-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco in the final minute of regulation in the divisional game, will have a chance to finally put that fateful night behind him.
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.”