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This time Broncos closed the deal

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By Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com

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No, this time the knee was an exclamation point. It was the final piece of punctuation on a chapter the Broncos had waited a year to close.

When quarterback Peyton Manning knelt in victory formation on the last play of a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, you could say a hard-nosed January wind off the Continental Divide was simply an entire region’s sigh of relief. “Absolutely, we have been in a position like this before, except this time we found a way to get it done,” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. ” … Until the clock says zero, you don’t have the win. This time we had the win, we kept our foot on the pedal.”

It had been 365 days, 12 calendar pages and endless hours of what-if hand-wringing by many of the same people in many of the same seats, since Manning took a knee in a playoff game. A year since he took a knee with 31 seconds to play, two timeouts in hand, in a game the Baltimore Ravens had just tied at 31 on a remember-when bomb from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones.
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