Broncos stun Bengals late in Cincy on Stokely’s TD
In the time it takes to sprint the length of the field, Stokley ran Denver out of a crushing loss and into franchise lore. His 87-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left on Sunday provided a 12-7 victory over the Cincinnati
“I’ve never seen anything like that,”
No one had.
A half hour after it ended, a
One weird bounce had changed everything.
“You know you need a miracle, and that’s basically what we got,” Stokley said. “When I scored, I just remember it being quiet, and that was a good feeling.”
Down to desperation, Orton threw a sideline pass that was nearly intercepted. The next play was a throw to the other sideline for
The carom went to Stokley, who couldn’t believe his luck as he headed for the end zone, running sideways a few steps to kill time before finally crossing in.
“So much went through my head,” the receiver said. “I just thought: Get what you can. My mind was racing. What should I do? I felt myself pulling away.”
That one was the result of a risky coaching decision. This one came off a bad defensive play – Hall didn’t knock the ball down, and none of the safeties was looking for a possible deflection.
“I’ve got to knock it to the ground,” Hall said, “either that or pick it off.”
Instead, the game was left up to chance.
“I’ve seen some things in football, but never anything quite like this,”
Orton put the
Then, he had a brain-freeze moment on a warm afternoon, taking a sack that pushed Denver out of range for what could have been a third and clinching field goal by
Still, the odds seemed to be in Denver’s favor. The
Turned out to be just a tease.
“The funniest, weirdest, craziest ending I’ve ever experienced in football,” Benson said.
Tell it to the lone fan in the stands.
Orton had stitches removed from his index finger after the game and hopes to be able to play next week without wearing a glove. He finished 17 for 28 for 243 yards. … Marshall, who was suspended during training camp for grousing about not getting traded, had a team-high seven catches for 27 yards. He dropped the first ball thrown to him. …