Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was disappointed with the outcome of Sunday night’s game vs. the Patriots, and was not surprised the Patriots elected to kick off to start overtime so they’d have the wind at their backs in overtime.
Here’s a partial transcript of his comments, as provided by the Patriots’ media relations staff.
Q: How disappointed are you tonight?
Q: What changed in the second half after such a great first half?
PM: Obviously, the momentum changed. We turned [the ball] over, gave them some momentum. It’s hard when you give them a short field and put your defense in a bind. It’s difficult to overcome.
Q: It was obvious your game plan was to try to run the ball?
PM: No. The game plan is to move the ball and score points and, so obviously the running game was hot. Knowshon [Moreno] was running it well, the [offensive] line was doing a great job, so it wasn’t necessarily the game plan. The game plan is to move the ball and we were moving the ball and running the ball. Knowshon was hot so we were riding him.
Q: The weather was certainly affecting the kicking game. Did it affect the passing game at all?
PM: Like I said, our running game was working, so that’s what we were going with. When you’re running the ball well that’s a good thing for the offense. When you turn it over and give them two short fields, that’s disappointing – that’s not good execution. That’s kind of the way that worked out.
Q: What’s your takeaway from a game like this that was so wild and had so many bizarre plays at the end? How do you process it and go from here?
PM: You’ll study the film. It’s disappointing – certainly you have a chance to beat a good team at their place. I still felt like we had a chance there getting the ball there at the very end. I thought we were going to have the ball last and that we were either going to score to win the game or I guess it could have ended in a tie. I hated the way that ended and not getting a chance there to get our hands on the ball. We had two good drives in overtime: [we] got down there twice and I can’t remember if that was a pass interference call on one of them, but it was very disappointing. All we needed was like five yards on that last play in order to give [Matt] Prater a field goal attempt and we couldn’t get that. It was a very disappointing finish to the game for sure.
Q: Where you surprised when they elected the kickoff to start the overtime?
Q: Why not?
PM: Because that’s what they do sometimes.
Q: What’s the feeling in the offensive huddle when that happens? It’s sort of a rarity it seems like in overtime.
PM: We were just trying to go score.