This ugly series by the Broncos proved to be the game-winning drive. Blech.
I only have the stomach for notes.
- Denver only ran for 20 yards on this drive, but it was a big part of the drive's success. Denver had five successful runs and converted two first downs on the ground. The 49ers ignored the Leo, or at least didn't specifically attack it. Denver attacked it mercilessly.
- First run: Daniel Graham blocks out Chris Clemons and that allows Ryan Clady to run into the second level and block David Hawthorne. Knowshon Moreno runs right in front of Clemons and Clemons is able to disengage and tackle, but only after five.
- Second run: Daniel Graham blocks out Chris Clemons and that allows Russ Hochstein to run into the second level and block David Hawthorne. Earl Thomas and Marcus Trufant combine to stop Moreno after four. Defensive backs making run stops, that's typically bad.
- Third run: Converted because where the ball is spotted. Was it a good spot? I don't know. I do not believe the officials really know where the ball was when Correll Buckhalter was tackled.
- Daniels blocks Raheem Brock, Hochstein pulls left, but, for whatever reason, Moreno decides to cut back right and towards the Seahawks strong side. Red Bryant closes the hole by blasting free of Dan Gronkowski and Tatupu evades Hochstein to shoot across the backfield and tackle Moreno for no gain.
- Exceptional play by Aaron Curry: Curry sprints around Gronkowski, around right end and flies into the backfield. He vaults Moreno and closes on Kyle Orton. Orton looks left, finds Graham disengaging from Brock, and passes. Graham receives but is immediately swarmed by Blue. Seahawks surround Graham, but it's Curry, from right end, around Gronkowski, over Moreno, from right of Orton, that closes and tackles Graham for a loss of four.