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Broncos' Fox stands by call in playoff loss

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Broncos coach John Fox talks following the team's loss to the Ravens in an AFC playoff game during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 7:34 p.m.
 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.

John Elway, of all people, agreed with that call.

Given the ball at his 20 with 31 seconds, two timeouts and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the Broncos' coach decided to run out the clock and head to overtime.

Result: Baltimore 38, Denver 35. End of season in Broncoland.

Fox said he felt good about the decision when he made it Saturday, toward the end of one of the most disheartening losses in the franchise's history. After hashing it over during the last two sleepless nights, he stood by his decision.

“I'd do it again 10 times if it presented itself in that situation,” he said Monday at Denver's season-ending news conference, where he was joined by Elway, the quarterback-turned-front office executive.

Even 48 hours after the game, that single decision remained the most hotly debated of the many Fox, Manning and the Broncos made in their gaffe-filled loss to the Ravens. The second-guessing only got more intense Sunday after Atlanta moved the ball 41 yards in 12 seconds to set up the game-winning field goal in its 30-28 victory over Seattle.

But, Fox said, Denver's situation was nowhere near what the Falcons faced. Atlanta was losing and had no other choice.

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