The past two weeks Denver's menacing defense has allowed scores in the final minutes of regulation.
Some blamed the lax, prevent defense for the late-game struggles, but players roundly said they simply have to perform up to their standards.
Besides Talib's game check being gone (if gambling were allowed), the aura of the Broncos' shutdown defense is slowing being siphoned.
"You just assume that everybody is going to do their job," said defensive end Derek Wolfe. "This defense puts everybody in position to make plays. You assume that person is going to be that position at the right time to make that play. That didn't happen right there at the end."