Broncos LB Danny Trevathan: 'I thought I was in the end zone'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Danny Trevathan dropped the ball a little early after intercepting Joe Flacco. (USATSI)
Danny Trevathan dropped the ball a little early after intercepting Joe Flacco. (USATSI)

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio may want to have a short conversation this week with linebacker Danny Trevathan about where exactly the end zone begins and ends.

Trevathan, of course, is the Broncos linebacker that picked off Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter on Thursday and looked to have a surefire touchdown. Only Trevathan didn't score because he let go of the ball at the 1-yard line.

The reason for the gaffe? Trevathan thought he was in the end zone.

"It was a young mistake. I was just in the moment," Trevathan said, via the Broncos official website. "I thought I was in the end zone. Next time I'm going hold the ball up high and give it to a fan or something. But it's not going to happen again. I'm growing from it and I'm not let going to let anybody stop me."

Trevathan probably would have had to join the witness protection program if the Broncos had a found a way to lose, but they didn't, thanks in large part to Peyton Manning's NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes.

Manning's take on the Trevathan blunder? Exactly what you'd expect it to be.

"He's a young player, and that was a great play that he made," Manning said. "It was a mistake and he will certainly learn from it and hopefully we can be better for it."

If you missed Trevathan's pick-touchback -- that's like a pick-6, except with a touchback instead -- you can see a clip here.

 
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