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Second-guessed Broncos: Fox says he'd run the clock out again, while Elway stands by his coach

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    John Elway, the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations, considers questions about his team's loss to the Blatimore Ravens in an AFC Playof game, during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

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    John Elway, the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations, considers questions about his team's loss to the Blatimore Ravens in an AFC playof game, during a news conference a\t the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

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    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, front, listens as John Elway, the team's executive vice president of football operations, responds to questions about the team's loss to the Baltimore Raens in an AFC playoff game during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

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    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox talks following the team's loss to the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC playoff game during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

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    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, front, fields a question as John Elway, the team's executive vice president of football operations, turns away during a news conference in the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The team officials were meeting with reporters after the Broncos' loss to the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC Playoff game on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.

John Elway, of all people, agreed with that call.

Given 31 seconds, two timeouts, the ball at the 20 and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the Broncos coach decided to run out the clock and head to overtime.

Result: Baltimore 38, Denver 35. End of season in Broncoland.

Fox said he felt good about the decision when he made it Saturday, toward the end of one of the most disheartening losses in the franchise's history. After rolling it around in his head during the last two sleepless nights, he stood by his decision.

"I'd do it again 10 times if it presented itself in that situation," he said Monday at Denver's season-ending news conference.

Elway, the quarterback-turned-front office executive, said he concurred.

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