Peyton Manning doesn’t get mad too often, but he was livid at Julius Thomas at the end of the third quarter on Sunday.
Manning ripped Thomas a new one for running the wrong route on a third down play. The Broncos had a 3rd and 5 at the Kansas City 45 and lined both Thomas and Demaryius Thomas on the left. Demaryius was in the slot while Julius was split out wide to the left by the sideline. The Chiefs had three defenders in a triangle position (one corner on each player and a safety further back and playing in between).
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Julius was supposed to break to the outside and up the sideline in order to attract two defenders and clear the area for Demaryius, who would have had a one-on-one situation. Instead, Julius went inside for a rub route, leaving the area crowded for Demaryius, who caught a pass underneath but only managed one yard.
The Broncos ended up punting, and the Chiefs scored on the ensuing drive to make it a one-possession game. And that’s why Peyton was so upset.
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