Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) hurdles over Dallas Cowboys strong safety J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Getting a football player to put on the brakes before the end zone is not usually in the playbook. But Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was able to pull off the rare stop-and-drop in Sunday's win at Dallas.
"It's tough for a running back," John Fox told reporters Monday at Dove Valley. "On an ordinary basis, you might have yelled at Knowshon for how he got in there. We were truly trying not to score because we thought they might truly be trying to let us score."
Moreno had the tough task of getting a first down near the goal line but not going over. Facing third-and-1 at the Dallas two-yard line and 1:45 left on the clock, the Broncos needed a first down but not a touchdown. They needed more to run out the clock enough to kick a field goal and not let Dallas have the ball back.
But what if the Dallas line had opened a hole wide enough to drive a Mack Truck through?
He would have "laid down right before the goal line. I've seen it done before."
Quarterback Peyton Manning said after the game he was trying to get it across to Moreno that he could not cross the goal line.
The Broncos went on to beat Dallas 51-48 on Matt Prater's last-second field goal, capping the fourth-highest scoring game in NFL/AFL history. The record is 113 (Washington 72, N.Y. Giants 41 on Nov. 27, 1966).
Fox said Monday the injuries to the defense were an issue but certainly wasn't giving it as a reason why Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a record 502-yards passing.
"I think at the end of the day, there was no doubt that we were short five guys. We had five guys that were out, really due to injury," Fox said. "Injuries in any game make it more rough because you've got a guy going out there that hasn't had a ton of reps all week. That's not an excuse, it's an NFL reality. We'll see where we are this week."
Fox did not have any updates on the players who were hurt Sunday: end Robert Ayers (shoulder), linebacker Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) and cornerback Chris Harris (concussion). Ayers returned to the game, but the other two did not. Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) has not played since the preseason.
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