Posted Sun Oct 17th by Monty
The Jets were on their collective last leg as 73,951 orange-clad Broncos fans rocked INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium like it hadn’t been rocked in years.
Then, in one heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping, curse-flinging moment — as if millions of Broncos fans cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced — the ref’s yellow flag took the wind out of the stadium’s sails.
Safety Renaldo Hill was called for pass interference on a 4th and 6 that gave the Jets 46 yards, putting them two yards from the end zone. The next play, Ladainian Tomlinson drove in the game-sealing touchdown. The Jets went on to win in Week 6 NFL action, 24-20.
And in every way, it was a game the Broncos should have won.
Firstly, for the Broncos, it will be remembered as a game of missed opportunities. Three turnovers and a successful recovery of a surprise onside kick led to a measly three points. Matt Prater missed a 49-yard field goal attempt minutes after sailing a 59-yarder through the uprights, while earlier a botched snap from Lonie Paxton kept a field goal off the board.
Those simple mistakes cost Denver six points right there. Before even digging into the deeper problems the Broncos encountered in the game, it proves this Denver team can’t be afforded any margin for error.
Tim Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown and was utilized throughout the game, in which the Broncos’ rushing attack finally found its mojo a bit.
But it wasn’t enough, and when the passing game was needed, a bad snap from J.D. Walton to Kyle Orton in the final minute doomed the Broncos to a 2-4 record.
Perhaps muddled by the rhythm changes Tebow’s presence might have caused, Orton finished with his lowest numbers of the season. He went 14 for 34 for 209 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
Tebow rushed six times for 23 yards, all on design plays. Orton scrambled three times for 22 yards. The Broncos finished with a season-high 145 rushing yards.
The Broncos will look to the Bay for their next two opponents, facing the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers in back-to-back weeks. After facing the Baltimore Ravens and Jets the past two weeks, two of the league’s best, it will do them some good to play two of the league’s worst. Anything less than 2-0 against these teams is unacceptable at this point. Let’s bounce back, Broncos.