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  • Tim Patrick (81) of the Denver Broncos cannot haul in a pass as Trae Waynes (26) of the Minnesota Vikings defends defends in the waning seconds during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Noah Fant (87) of the Denver Broncos cannot haul in a pass as Jayron Kearse (27) of the Minnesota Vikings defends in the waning seconds during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Noah Fant (87) of the Denver Broncos reacts to not making a game-winning catch not the final play after the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Will Parks (34) of the Denver Broncos and teammates prepare to take the field before the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Elijah Wilkinson (68) of the Denver Broncos prepares before the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Diontae Spencer (11) of the Denver Broncos prepares before the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Danielle Hunter (99) of the Minnesota Vikings pressures Brandon Allen (2) of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Xavier Rhodes (29) of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos hits the turf after missing a catch, but drew defensive pass interference from Xavier Rhodes (29) of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

  • Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos sacks Kirk Cousins (8) of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Kirk Cousins (8) of the Minnesota Vikings huddles the offense agains the Denver Broncos during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Dan Bailey (5) of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Everson Griffen (97) of the Minnesota Vikings and company during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Andy Janovich (32) of the Denver Broncos fights throw Anthony Barr (55) of the Minnesota Vikings, Danielle Hunter (99) and company before scoring a touchdown during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Brandon Allen (2) of the Denver Broncos reacts to a rushing touchdown by Andy Janovich (32) against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Eric Kendricks (54) of the Minnesota Vikings reacts to giving up a rushing touchdown to Andy Janovich (32) of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Shelby Harris (96) of the Denver Broncos forces a fumble on a sack of Kirk Cousins (8) of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Shelby Harris (96) of the Denver Broncos celebrates his sack and forced fumble on Kirk Cousins (8) of the Minnesota Vikings with teammate Derek Wolfe (95) during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Andy Janovich (32) of the Denver Broncos spits as he is carted off against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Devontae Booker (23) of the Denver Broncos forces a fumble from Ameer Abdullah (31) of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Josey Jewell (47) of the Denver Broncos celebrates a fumble recovery by Ameer Abdullah (31) of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Kirk Cousins (8) of the Minnesota Vikings throws against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Stefon Diggs (14) of the Minnesota Vikings beats Chris Harris (25) of the Denver Broncos for a touchdown reception during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Minnesota Vikings fans cheer their team on against the Denver Broncos during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Kyle Rudolph (82) of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates scoring a touchdown as Kareem Jackson (22) of the Denver Broncos defends during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

  • Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos cannot haul in a high pass from Brandon Allen (2) as Jayron Kearse (27) of the Minnesota Vikings defends during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Jaleel Johnson (94) of the Minnesota Vikings and Shamar Stephen (93) sack Brandon Allen (2) of the Denver Broncos during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos watches the final drive against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Noah Fant (87) of the Denver Broncos makes a first down reception as Anthony Barr (55) of the Minnesota Vikings makes a tackle during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Noah Fant (87) of the Denver Broncos cannot haul in a pass as Jayron Kearse (27) of the Minnesota Vikings defends in the waning minutes during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Phillip Lindsay (30) of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the second half of Minnesota’s 27-23 win on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

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MINNEAPOLIS — As they surveyed the wreckage of their latest come-from-ahead defeat, 27-23 to the Minnesota Vikings here Sunday, Broncos players in every part of their locker room accepted blame.

Quarterback Brandon Allen regretted the interception he threw late in the first half.

Safety Kareem Jackson took responsibility for being out of position on Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs’ 54-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Brandon McManus called his 43-yard missed field goal a “terrible kick.”

And defensive end Derek Wolfe, who has been around long enough to rarely be surprised, admitted “shock” at the outcome.

Just as all parties contributed to the Broncos streaking to a 20-0 halftime lead, they were just as culpable for the second-half collapse. The Broncos had never led by 20 points and lost in regulation. Until Sunday.

In the past five years, teams that led by at least 20 points at halftime had won 99 consecutive games. That streak is over.

Also over is any notion this Broncos team has the ability for November/December magic. They are 3-7 for the second time in two years, but only the fourth time since 1973. They are Team Tease. They do just enough to get their fans excited, but then make them furious.

“We blew it, period,” Jackson said. “(Twenty-three points) is more than enough. Our offense played their (butts) off. (Allen) played his butt off. As a defense, you can’t ask for anything else. We just have to be better in the second half.”

The Vikings scored touchdowns on all four of their second-half possessions. Tight end Kyle Rudolph’s 32-yard score with 6:06 remaining — he was wide open when cornerback Duke Dawson didn’t retreat enough to potentially break up Kirk Cousins’ pass — gave the Vikings their first lead and the lead for good.

Because of McManus’ missed field goal earlier in the fourth quarter, the Broncos needed a touchdown to win late. Allen converted a fourth-and-1 with the 11-yard scramble to the Vikings’ 4. When the play ended, 27 seconds remained. But disorganization ensued and the Broncos were still fiddling around when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer bailed them out with a timeout at the 10-second mark.

That wasted time likely prevented the Broncos from getting four shots at the end zone. Allen threw incomplete on three consecutive plays, first to receiver Tim Patrick (who believed he was interfered with) and the final two to tight end Noah Fant. The Vikings double-teamed receiver Courtland Sutton to make somebody else beat them. The Broncos couldn’t.

It should have never come down to the final seconds.

The first half was about as good as it gets for the Broncos. A double-digit underdog, they led Minnesota 20-0 at halftime. They outgained the Vikings 217-47. They produced two takeaways. And they bottled up running back Dalvin Cook (four carries for seven yards), who exited last week as the NFL’s top rusher.

But about that second half …

The Broncos answered the Vikings’ first score with a McManus 41-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the third quarter. But the fourth quarter was all Minnesota.

Cook scored on a three-yard run with 13:25 remaining (23-13). The Broncos went three-and-out.

“We didn’t do a good job sustaining drives and didn’t chew up any clock,” Allen said. “That put our defense in a bad spot.”

Cousins connected with Diggs for the 54-yard bomb with 10:21 remaining (23-20). Cornerback Chris Harris had inside leverage because Jackson was supposed to be his middle-of-the-field help. But Jackson’s eyes followed Cousins on a roll-out to the other side and when Diggs ran a post route, he was off to the end zone.

“I kind of leaned toward where (Cousins) was rolling and stopped my feet,” Jackson said. “That’s on me. I have to be better there for Chris. He’s relying on me to be deep.”

And the Vikings’ comeback/Broncos’ collapse was complete when Rudolph sprung free on the left side and scored.

The Broncos’ final drive include a questionable holding call on tight end Andrew Beck and a false start on left tackle Garett Bolles, but two 11-yard plays on fourth down. Coach Vic Fangio squandered one timeout by challenging a non-pass interference call on the Vikings. The final timeout was used with 33 seconds before Allen’s fourth-down scramble.

The general post-game consensus: All losses are disappointing, but one in which defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory? Awful. But …

“I still feel like we’re turning the corner,” outside linebacker Von Miller said. “But we didn’t win and that’s the ultimate measure of everything. We lost. And that (stinks).”

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