So what was it? The 3rd and 7, with a 1st down to win? The 2nd down before that? The decision to kneel with 31 seconds in the 4th quarter and 2 timeous? The decision to call a stupid handoff with 36 seconds in the 2nd quarter and all 3 timeouts?
All of the above were really bad, but some can try to defend those plays somehow. To me, the worst play call of the game last night is one that many of us forgot. I'll copy and paste the play-by-play that includes the play I am referring to.
Denver Broncos at 12:32 BAL
K.Moreno right tackle to DEN 48 for 5 yards (R.Lewis; E.Reed).
2nd and 5 at DEN 48 (Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short middle to B.Stokley. PENALTY on BLT-R.Lewis, Defensive Pass Interference, 5 yards, enforced at DEN 48 - No Play.
1st and 10 at BAL 47 R.Hillman right guard to BLT 40 for 7 yards (C.Brown). PENALTY on DEN-C.Kuper, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at BLT 47 - No Play.
1st and 20 at DEN 43 (Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short right to E.Decker.
2nd and 20 at DEN 43 (Shotgun) P.Manning sacked at DEN 39 for -4 yards (T.Suggs). FUMBLES (T.Suggs) [P.Kruger], RECOVERED by BLT-R.Lewis at DEN 39. R.Lewis to DEN 39 for no gain (P.Manning). PENALTY on BLT-C.Williams, Illegal Use of Hands, 5 yards, enforced at DEN 37. Penalty on BLT-T.Suggs, Illegal Use of Hands, declined.
1st and 10 at DEN 42 (Shotgun) R.Hillman up the middle to DEN 47 for 5 yards (D.Ellerbe).
2nd and 5 at DEN 47 (Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short middle to E.Decker (D.Ellerbe).
3rd and 5 at DEN 47 (Shotgun) J.Hester up the middle to DEN 49 for 2 yards (R.Lewis; P.McPhee).
4th and 3 at DEN 49 B.Colquitt punts 48 yards to BLT 3, Center-A.Brewer, downed by DEN-M.Willis.
DRIVE TOTALS: BAL 21, DEN 28, 5 plays, 12 yards, 2:47 elapsed
I highlighted the worst play-call of the game. Right after a Flacco fumble, lets convert turnovers into points. Got the ball right near midfield. Big 3rd and 5. A first down here, and Denver keeps the drive going into Balitmore territory. So what do they do? Hand the ball off UP THE MIDDLE to Jacob FREAKING HESTER! UN****ING BELIEVABLE. Way to piss away one of the more crucial possessions of the entire game. Absolutely indefensible.