MNF: Broncos defeat Bengals 20-17 in OT
On the last Monday Night Football game of the 2015 season, the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals faced off as both teams looked to claim the second bye-week spot. Both first week Quarterbacks Andy Dalton of the Bengals and Peyton Manning of the Broncos will be on the sideline as both are suffering from injuries. Dalton is still a couple of weeks away as he is still recovering from a Thumb injury, and Manning seems to still be suffering from a foot injury. In their place has been Brock Osweiler for the Broncos and A.J. McCarron for the Bengals.
McCarron started the game well, leading the Bengals to a score within the first 7 minutes after completing a 5-yard pass to A.J. green to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, McCarron once again brought the Bengals offense into the redzone. From there, Mohamed Sanu rushed in for a 6-yard Touchdown that marked his 2nd rushing TD of the season. After being down 14-0, Osweiler brought the Broncos offense down the field with 18 seconds remaining to set up a FG before the end of the half to cut the lead to 14-3.
Coming out of the second half, Osweiler pushed the tempo and was able to connect with Emmanuel Sanders for an 8-yard Touchdown to cut the lead to 14-10. From there on, the Broncos looked in control of the game defensively, getting to McCarron and holding the offense to just 3 points in the second half. In the fourth quarter, CJ Anderson had a big run going for 39-yard touchdown to give the lead to the Broncos 14-17. With McCarronn still struggling to drive the offense down the field, the Bengals settled for a 52-yard Field Goal with 6:46 remaining and tie the game at 17. With one last shot, Osweiler had a chance to bring the Broncos into Field Goal range and at least a playoff spot. Osweiler made several big throws down the stretch, going with the no huddle offense and gutsy play calls to get the Broncos into field-goal range. With the game tied, and time expiring the Broncos took a time out to set up a 45-yard Field Goal that was missed by Brandon McManus.
The game then headed to OT, where the Broncos won the toss and elected to receive the ball. Osweiler once again came up big, connecting with Owen Daniel several times to continue moving the chains. Which later resulted into a 37-yard Field Goal by Brandon McManus to give the Broncos a 17-20 lead. After getting a first down, the Bengals were approaching 2nd and 10, and needing at least a Field Goal to tie the game. A.J. McCarron from the shotgun, fumbled the snap which was then recovered by the Broncos defense to seal the game.
This marks the 3rd win for the Broncos after trailing 14 points or more which is most in the NFL. With the win, the Broncos clinched playoff berth and a chance to regain the No. 1 spot and home-field advantage with a win and a Patriots loss next week.
A.J. McCarron: 22/35, 200 yards, 1 TD
Jeremy Hill: 19 Carries, 63 yards
A.J. Green: 5 Rec., 57 yards, 1 TD
Brock Osweiler: 27/39, 299 yards, 1 TD
C.J Anderson: 9 Carries, 73 yards, 1 TD
Emmanuel Sanders: 4 Rec., 67 yards, 1 TD