The Denver Broncos will partake in their second AFC Championship Game in three seasons. They're a more than deserving participant; this 2015 season has been chock full of last-minute, logic-defying, awe-inspiring plays. Here are the 10 best from the team's roller-coaster regular season.
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10. Emmanuel Sanders takes off
Emmanuel Sanders sprinted straight ahead. Then, he cut over the middle on a beautiful post route. The end result? A sizzling 61-yard score that left two Pittsburgh Steelers in his wake. Brock Osweiler couldn’t have asked for an easier scoring throw in Week 15.
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9. Trev’ Run
Philip Rivers never saw Danny Trevathan lurking over the middle until it was too late. By then, he was already marching into the end zone for a 25-yard pick-six which iced a Broncos' Week 13 win.
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8. Ware are you snapping that football?
The Bengals avoided an A.J. McCarron fumble to start overtime. Then, they snapped the ball right over their quarterback’s head, and after a tussle, into the longing arms of DeMarcus Ware. The game-winning recovery in Week 16 clinched a Broncos playoff berth.
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7. Chris Harris Jr. puts the Carr in reverse
Derek Carr was rallying his Raiders with seven minutes left in Week 5. Denver’s defense was on its heels. Then, as its done all season, its defense made a game-changing play. Chris Harris Jr. swiped an errant pass and took his pass 74 yards in the opposite direction. Game, Broncos.
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6. Sorry, Teddy, that’s T.J. Ward’s ball
The Vikings seemed poised for a season-defining win in Week 4. T.J. Ward had other plans. The Broncos star safety stripped Teddy Bridgewater with 29 seconds to go to prevent a come-from-behind scoring drive.
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5. Turnover Talib strikes again
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco spotted Steve Smith over the middle for what looked like an easy third-down conversion. He did not spot Aqib Talib, sitting on the route like he was in Baltimore’s huddle. He took the third-quarter throw 51 yards the other way for the deciding score in Week 1.
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4. DeMarcus, meet Aaron -- for two points
Someone forgot to tell the Packers that they should block No. 94. Ware swerved around the Green Bay line, met Aaron Rodgers in the backfield, and smacked the ball out of his hands. The ensuing safety was the cherry on top of a game which established Denver as a dominant force by Week 8.
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3. C.J. Anderson’s overtime walk-off
Anderson’s 48-yard scamper knocked off the then-undefeated Patriots. It put the struggling running back over the 100-yard mark. And to top it all off, it happened in the snow at Mile High Stadium. What more could you ask for from a game-winning touchdown? It's easily a top three Broncos moment from the regular season that was.
2. Emmanuel Sanders goes up for it
Sanders out-jumped Lions cornerback Darius Slay in the fourth quarter for a midair catch that rivals any grab of 2015. It helped set up another late Broncos win and lands at No. 2 on our countdown of top Broncos plays in Week 3.
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1. Roby’s scoop-and-score stuns Arrowhead Stadium
A last-minute, game-winning play sure is sweet. A last-minute, game-winning play over your bitter AFC West rivals is even sweeter. Broncos fans were treated to the latter when Bradley Roby broke a 24-24 tie with 27 seconds left. His crowd-silencing fumble recovery touchdown ended up being the difference atop the AFC West standings -- and the best play of the Broncos’ season all the way back in Week 2.