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Demaryius Thomas explains why he swapped jerseys with Harry Douglas

On Thursday, though, Thomas told the media he hadn’t realized what had gone on earlier in the game.

“At the time, I didn’t even know about it,” Thomas said. “I stayed on the sidelines. I don’t get into brawls. I didn’t really see it until after the game. I’ve known Harry for around eight-plus years now. He’s a great dude. I know he didn’t mean anything bad, but from seeing the play, he could have stayed up and not done that to [CB] Chris [Harris Jr.]. I’m always going to have my guys’ back. I fight with him every day. I see him every day. At the time, I didn’t know it was him. I thought it was No. 18 at the time. Once I saw it, I saw it was him.”

Harris admitted that he would have been angry with DT had he knowingly swapped jerseys with the man who took a cut block to his knees, but accepted the explanation.

“If he didn’t know about it, I can’t be mad,’’ Harris said, via 9News.com. “If he knew about it, of course I would have been mad. But those guys have known each other for a long time, they probably arranged before the game to exchange jerseys after the game.’’

Likewise, Von Miller said there was no blame directed at DT.

“I’m not sure that DT even knew what happened on the play,’’ Miller said Thursday. “Even if he did, is DT supposed to not give him a jersey because of what happened? I think they go way back. They have a relationship off the football field. It was really foggy during the football game, anyway. I didn’t really see what happened until we got in the locker room and I got to my phone.’’

The Broncos didn’t end up winning the game, but the incident undoubtedly brought the team closer together. We’ll see if that plays a role against the Patriots on Sunday.

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Patrick Peterson traded punches with Falcons star receiver Julio Jones before the Cardinals cornerback left late in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 38-19 loss on a balky left leg.

Head coach Bruce Arians said Peterson was only dealing with cramps and had a minor knee ding Sunday.

Regardless, the beat up cornerback had been targeted by Atlanta more than most teams would dare. It was a symbolically harsh result after Peterson held Jones, the NFL’s total receiving yardage leader to start Sunday, to four catches for 35 yards on seven targets.

The Cardinals’ defensive woes weren’t on their best player.

Eight Falcons caught balls with Mohamed Sanu earning one more target than Jones’ seven. Sanu caught all eight thrown his way for 65 yards, while backup 5-foot-8 receiver Taylor Gabriel caught two screen passes that turned into 25- and 35-yard touchdowns.

Three times, Atlanta followed a Cardinals score with one of their own.

“Great defenses don’t do that,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Paul Calvisi afterward. “They don’t let other teams score after you score.”

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan one-upped Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer with 26 completions. Both had two touchdowns and an interception, but Ryan did so on 11 fewer attempts.

Arizona also struggled to contain Atlanta’s rushing attack, which allowed a 27-yard run to Gabriel and 60 yards and two touchdowns by Devonta Freeman.

Still, Peterson’s outing said as much in the matchup under the microscope.

One play after Jones made a 15-yard, second-down reception in the third quarter, Peterson motioned to be removed from the game after chasing down tight end Levine Toilolo with 7:38 remaining in the period. Tharold Simon took over for Peterson briefly, but Peterson returned for several more series before Arizona appeared to pull him for good when the game was out of reach.

Jones caught three passes for 20 yards on four targets in the first half. Meanwhile, Peterson earned two pass interference penalties.

The first came on the Falcons’ opening drive on 3rd-and-goal at the Arizona 2-yard line. The Cardinals corner held Jones’ jersey and then made contact with him as he battled down the pass.

Atlanta scored on the very next play to tie the game, 7-7.

On the Falcon’s next possession, Peterson’s second interference penalty on 3rd-and-15 at Arizona’s 38-yard line negated a stop and gave Atlanta a first down. The Falcons finished the drive with a chip-shot field goal to tie the game, 10-10, once again.

A Jones bobble near the end of the first half, however, resulted in a huge swing in the Cardinals’ favor.

During Atlanta’s two-minute drill, Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger picked off the tipped ball off Jones’ mitts with 25 left in the first half at the Cardinals’ 31-yard line. Arizona scored a field goal to trail just 17-13 at the half, but Atlanta would pull away with three second-half touchdowns to put the 4-6-1 Cardinals on the brink of officially missing the postseason.