DENVER - Josh McDaniels is an emotional coach who stocked his roster with passionate players.

All of them were on full display on Thanksgiving night in the Denver Broncos' R-rated 26-6 victory over the New York Giants.

Brian Dawkins' inspired play led a Denver defensive revival and the offense did its part by controlling the clock and in a slump-busting win.

The NFL Network joined the fray by accidentally airing a clip of McDaniels cursing at his players after they committed three false starts and dropped a pass in a five-play sequence that really got his blood boiling.

"No--not our coach!" tight end Tony Scheffler retorted in mock surprise.

While the Broncos (7-4) still aren't effective enough in the red zone and draw too many yellow flags for McDaniels' taste , their month of misery is over.

Kyle Orton drove them on six scoring drives, Matt Prater kicked four field goals and Dawkins led a ferocious defense 48 hours after calling a players-only meeting that obviously struck a chord.

Elvis Dumervil dumped Eli Manning twice, extending his NFL-leading sack total to 14, and his second one resulted in a fourth-quarter fumble that sealed Denver's first win since Oct. 19.

Hosting their first Thanksgiving game since 1963 in the AFL, the Broncos returned to the physical style of play that marked their 6-0 start and ditched the sieve that was their defense during their four-game skid.

Behind three takeaways, the Broncos halted their freefall and pulled within a half game of AFC West leader San Diego. New York (6-5), which snapped its four-game losing streak on Sunday, fell two games behind Dallas, which beat Oakland earlier Thursday, in the NFC East.

"We didn't have any tempo and we didn't make any plays," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We keep talking about winning the physical battle and controlling the line of scrimmage. We thought this would be the night and it wasn't."

The Giants have lost five of six since their 5-0 start.

"We can deal with being 6-5, but we need to play better football," said Manning, who was sacked three times and threw an interception while failing to reach the end zone in 11 drives.

"We're a good football team," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "We just played bad today. … From here on our, every game is a must-win."

The Broncos outgained the Giants 213-38 in the first half but settled for field goals on three drives, including their first two trips inside the Giants 10-yard line as they continued their monthlong red zone struggles.

That led to the NFL Network's embarrassing mistake.

After reaching the 7, the Broncos settled for Prater's 22-yarder and a 3-0 lead. Their second trip inside the Giants 10-yard line turned into a game of flag football as tight end Daniel Graham, left tackle Ryan Clady(notes) and center Casey Wiegmann all were whistled for false starts, and the Broncos sent out Prater for a 32-yarder that made it 6-0.

Coming out of a commercial break, the NFL Network showed a clip of McDaniels yelling at his players on the sideline saying, "All we're trying to do is win a (expletive) game!"

The vulgarity was clearly audible to viewers, and announcer Bob Papa immediately apologized on air.