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    Demaryius Thomas leaped to where seemingly no receiver had leaped before at the Broncos' home stadium.

    As he hung in midair, Thomas reached — with one hand — where no receiver has reached before.

    Way, way up there, Thomas managed to get enough of Peyton Manning's purposely high throw — but maybe not that high on purpose — to control it, corral it and come down with two feet inside the rear of the end zone for a touchdown to finish off the Broncos' opening drive of the second half.

    "That was one of the best plays I'd seen all season," said Eric Decker, Thomas' receiver mate. "By anybody in the league. Serious ups. One hand. Two feet, no fumble."

    After his remarkable catch, Thomas could have spiked the ball and shouted, "Take that, Pro Bowl team."

    Thomas laughed at that.

    "No, I didn't do that," he said. "I came out of my break and I saw that it was high. I tried to go get it at its highest point. I was able to get a hand on it and come down with it."

    Let the AFC Pro Bowl team have its four receivers: Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne and A.J. Green. The Broncos will take their 1,000-yard tandem of Thomas and Decker. (All six are playoff receivers, by the way.)

    Thomas and Decker each had seven catches Sunday in the Broncos' 38-3 pasting of the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas finished the regular season with 94 catches for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns. Decker wound up with 85 catches for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns, his last two Sunday against the Chiefs.

    Decker made a nice diving catch in the end zone.

    "Peyton required them to come down with a few passes where only the receiver could get it and they came down with them," said Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

    Thomas and Decker are the Broncos' first 1,000-yard receiving tandem since Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie in 2004.

    "Pretty special," Decker said. "We came in (through the 2010 draft) together. We're good friends. We knew what we wanted to accomplish and that was a mark we wanted to hit. But we have to keep getting better."


    Quite a difference the impact that a real quarterback has on these two.

    Was pretty hard on Eric Decker with his famous 'slide', but he's sure showed up in the final stretch of the season. Props also given to DT for making people forget about his Achilles tear not too long ago.

    Glad to have both of these players out wide.

    "Pepper & Salt"

  • #2
    Both of these guys have become beasts this year. Decker needs to work on consistency issues but overall I'm extremely excited to see where both of these will take their careers in the future.


    • #3
      that catch was amazing!