- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

DENVER | The Denver Broncos still have their troubles with the red zone and yellow flags. The dark cloud that hung over them during their month of misery, though, is gone.

Kyle Orton directed six scoring drives, Matt Prater kicked four field goals, and safety Brian Dawkins led a ferocious defense 48 hours after calling a players-only meeting as the Broncos beat the New York Giants 26-6 on Thursday night.

Elvis Dumervil dumped Eli Manning twice, extending his NFL-leading sack total to 14. Dumervil’s second one came in the fourth quarter and resulted in a fumble that sealed Denver’s first win since Oct. 19.

Hosting their first Thanksgiving game since 1963 in the AFL, the Broncos returned to the physical style of play that marked their 6-0 start and ditched the sieve that was their defense during their four-game skid.

Behind three takeaways, the Broncos (7-4) pulled within a half-game of AFC West leader San Diego. New York (6-5), which snapped its four-game losing streak Sunday, fell two games behind Dallas, which beat Oakland earlier Thursday, in the NFC East.

The Broncos outgained the Giants 213-38 in the first half but settled for field goals on three drives, including their first two trips inside the New York 10-yard line as they continued their monthlong red zone struggles.

That led to an embarrassing mistake by the NFL Network, which accidentally aired a profanity from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Coming out of a commercial break following a series of false starts near the goal line that resulted in Denver settling for a field goal, the NFL Network showed a clip of McDaniels, who yelled at his players: “All we’re trying to do is win a [expletive] game!”

The vulgarity was clearly audible to viewers, and announcer Bob Papa immediately apologized to viewers.

“We want to apologize for that audio as we went to the last break that got out over the air. We do send our sincerest apologizes for the Josh McDaniels audio that got out there,” Papa told viewers.

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