Posted Sun Sep 25th by Monty
The Denver Broncos had several opportunities to put the Tennessee Titans away in the fourth quarter. They just simply could not get it done.
The first near game-clincher was a bold fourth down call by head coach John Fox early in the fourth quarter. Fox called Willis McGahee‘s number on 4th and Goal from the one yard line, but McGahee was stuffed for the third straight play. The Broncos could have taken a seven-point lead with a field goal — all other things being equal, that would have sent the game to overtime.
Instead McGahee was stuffed. The turnover on downs gave the home team just enough momentum to make the difference.
While they had a lot of trouble on third downs, the defense played a phenomenal game overall, holding Chris Johnson to 21 yards on 13 carries (1.2 avg.). But the chinks in the armor were found with minutes left in the game as Matt Hasselbeck followed a 54-yard completion with a five yard touchdown toss to former Broncos tight end Daniel Graham. The Titans took the lead.
Then Kyle Orton‘s fourth quarter drive ended with a tipped ball being picked off. Orton executed a game-winning drive in Tennessee with 1:33 left in the game a year ago — he was picked off with nearly the exact same game clock this time around.