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Seahawks DT Tony McDaniel: Peyton Manning, Broncos gave up

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The Denver Broncos were destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night, but did they fight until the finish? While the Broncos put together one nifty drive late in the third quarter that ended with a Demaryius Thomas touchdown, their team effort looked as poor as you will ever see in a championship game. Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel thought Peyton Manning and company gave up.

“When we was up about 29 points, just his whole emotion was kind of like he was dry,” McDaniel told Around the League’s Marc Sessler. “Just the whole team looked like they was giving up, and once we scored again, I knew it was over.”

The Seahawks were up 22 points going into halftime. The Broncos could not have been feeling great, but they should not have completely given up hope down three scores with the best offense in the NFL.

When Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff of the second half to the house to put Seattle up 29-0, everyone knew it was over. It would be human nature for the Broncos to feel their championship hopes evaporate at that point. Cliff Avril, who hit Manning’s arm to force a crucial pick-six late in the first half, was asked if he thought Denver packed it in after that.

“How could they not?” he asked.

Seattle is the best team in football for a reason, and they probably would have won even if the Broncos played their best. Denver simply picked a terrible time to have its worst game of the season.

Miami Dolphins complain Patriots were ‘disrespectful’ by running all over them

Have you ever heard of an NFL team complain that another team disrespected them by running the same play over and over because they couldn’t stop it? Until now, I hadn’t either.

A few Miami Dolphins players complained this week that the New England Patriots disrespected them by running the same running play over and over in the fourth quarter of New England’s 23-16 Week 13 win.

The Pats had a 16-play, 77-yard drive that took up 7:18 in the fourth quarter. It lasted so long they didn’t give the ball back to Miami until 1:10 left in the game. They called 13 runs during the drive, including six to the exact same hole over left tackle.

“It really (ticked) me off,” tackle Tony McDaniel told the Palm Beach Post. “It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful.

“Normally when somebody’s driving down the field you just think, ‘Well, they just had a good run there,’ but you run the same play over and over, as a competitor that (ticks) me off.”

“It is disrespectful,” tackle Randy Starks agreed, “but you’ve got to stop it. We never stopped it, so I’d keep running the same play, too.”

This is seriously some of the most pathetic complaining I’ve ever seen from an NFL team. The Patriots didn’t disrespect the Dolphins; they exposed them. There is a difference between the two. If you don’t want a team to run a play, you have to stop it. Power football teams will run the same play over and over until you prove you can stop them. What a joke, Miami.