Kayvon Webster: The reserve cornerback was, as linebacker Von Miller put it, “throwing up all day, sick all day," but Webster made many quality special-teams plays with his hits on Steelers punt returner Markus Wheaton.
Brandon McManus: McManus tied an NFL postseason record with five field goals. McManus had four of at least 41 yards (41, 41, 43 and 51) to go with a 28-yarder on a tough kicking day with a swirling wind. He is the 10th player all-time to have kicked five field goals in a playoff game and the seventh to be 5-of-5 while doing it.
Demaryius Thomas: Thomas didn’t have his best day -- 40 yards on four receptions -- but he carried the game's ball out of the locker room, a gift from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and gave it to his mother. Sunday was the first time Thomas’ mother, Katina Smith, had seen Thomas play in person.
The pass-catchers: The Broncos dropped seven passes Sunday, including two by Emmanuel Sanders and two by Bennie Fowler. In a year when the Broncos have battled drops plenty, they came at the worst time. It’s possible Manning would have had a 300-yard passing day if the Broncos even cut the drops in half.
Michael Schofield: In the kid-can’t-get-a-break department, Schofield had avoided the big mistake for much of the day, but a holding penalty on the right tackle negated a big-play run by C.J. Anderson in the fourth quarter at a time when the Broncos were driving and still trailed. The Broncos rebounded from the mistake and scored their only touchdown of the game 11 plays later.