The Broncos came back from a 20-point first half deficit to cut Atlanta’s lead to 27-21 with 3:25 remaining. But the Falcons were able to run out the clock and prevent Denver from completing the comeback.
Running back Willis McGahee led the way for the Broncos with 113 yards rushing and two second half touchdowns on 22 carries.
Denver fell behind 10-0 early in the first quarter and was unable to erase a 20-0 first half deficit in a 27-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Denver found itself in a 10-0 hole after committing four first quarter turnovers — three interceptions and one fumble. Atlanta’s first touchdown drive of the game covered just one yard after Falcons safety William Moore returned his interception to the Broncos 1-yard line. Atlanta running back Michael Turner plunged in from a yard out to make it 7-0 Falcons.
Atlanta led 20-0 before Broncos QB Peyton Manning led a 13-play, 80-yard drive with time winding down in the second quarter. Manning capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who made the leaping reception despite tight coverage in the corner of the end zone.
The Broncos outscored the Falcons 14-7 in the second half thanks to solid defense and two rushing touchdowns from McGahee, but Atlanta picked up multiple first downs to seal the deal after Denver had cut it to 27-21 in the closing minutes.