Week 1: Broncos 30, Lions 27 (OT)

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  1. BadaBing319

    BadaBing319 OMFL Broncos / PMFL Eagles

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    Week 1
    From the Jaws of Defeat
    Broncos Storm Back from 21-0 Down, Stun Lions in OT

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    Visanthe Shiancoe made a big impact in his Broncos debut, including the game-tying 2-point conversion.

    Detroit, MI - Kyle Orton threw four second-half touchdowns, including one with seven seconds left to rookie WR Damon Addison as the Broncos scored 30 points after halftime to stun the Detroit Lions on their home turf, 30-27. Orton finished the day 28-for-41 for 423 yards and four touchdowns, each to a different receiver, leading his team back from a 21-point deficit for the season-opening win.

    The first half was all Detroit, as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead. The Lions defense was all over the field, hurrying Orton into quicker throws and forcing him into an uncharacteristic three first half interceptions. Two of the picks came in the first quarter and both of those went the other way for six, as newly acquired Ellis Hobbs and DeAndre Levy hit paydirt. Braylon Edwards hooked up with new signal caller David Garrard for a 5-yard touchdown at the back of the end zone with just 28 seconds left in the half, extending their lead to 21-0. It would have been more if not for a hustle play by Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. Orton's third interception of the half was nearly returned for a touchdown, but Thomas ran down Roman Harper at the 10-yard line as halftime arrived.

    Where the first half belonged to the Lions, Denver took control in the second half, staging a dramatic comeback. The Broncos got on the board with 5:02 left in the third when Orton connected with newly acquired WR Davone Bess for 14 yards out. Broncos kicker Matt Prater bricked the extra point, leaving the deficit at 15 points. Exactly two minutes later, Orton hit Eric Decker in the seam of the Lions' cover-two defense and Decker finished things off, scampering 32 yards down the sideline to close the gap to 21-13.

    The fourth quarter began with Lions kicker Aaron Pettrey capping a long drive with a 38-yard field goal to extend the Lions lead to 24-13. A turnover ensued and Detroit had the chance to put the game out of reach. However, the Denver defense stiffened in the red zone, holding the Lions to a field goal and keeping their team's slim chances alive, trailing by 2 scores at 27-13. Orton quickly got the team down the field in hurry up mode, capping a 6-play, 78-yard drive with a touchdown pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Prater missed another PAT, leaving Denver down 8 with just 1:56 left.

    Two timeouts in his back pocket, Coach Bing elected to kick deep and rely on his defense to make a stop. They did just that, forcing the Lions into a three-and-out to give their offense a chance. Demaryius Thomas returned the Lions punt to the Broncos' 48 yard line and made two quick catches to get Denver deep into Detroit territory. They moved the ball into the red zone and with 7 seconds left, completed the epic comeback. On second-and-goal from the 2, Orton found rookie WR Damon Addison on a quick slant over the middle, bringing Denver within 2 at 27-25. With the Broncos needing a 2-point conversion for the tie, Orton went to the air once again, narrowly avoiding a sack and finding Shiancoe in traffic for the game-tying conversion.

    The second half momentum built up by the Broncos continued into overtime, starting with them winning the coin toss. Staying with the aerial attack, Denver quickly moved the ball into field goal range, with Orton continuing to spread the wealth. They moved the ball deep into Lions territory, and despite earlier struggles, put the game into their place kicker's hands. Prater showed no effects from his previous misses, splitting the uprights from 31 yards out to send the Broncos home winners, 30-27.

    Demaryius Thomas, a breakout candidate in season 2 by many prognosticators, showed just why he came into the season with such high expectations. He was truly a go-to guy on this afternoon, catching nine passes for 161 yards and coming up with some huge grabs in the fourth quarter and overtime. Shiancoe (7-96, TD), Decker (4-97, TD) and Bess (5-63, TD) were also big factors in the Denver passing game. For Detroit, new quarterback David Garrard struggled at times, completing just half his passes (12-for-24) for 152 yards. He used his legs to his advantage, leading the team in rushing with 40 yards on the ground. Neither team had much of a running attack, with elusive backs Knowshown Moreno (13 carries, 27 yards) and Jahvid Best (14 carries, 29 yards) being held in check for most of the night.

    Denver, which mysteriously opens the season with four consecutive road games, opens divisional play in week 2 when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the 1-0 Chiefs. They will need to play a full 60-minute game if they expect to win this key AFC West matchup.


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    @Winuvas - good game man - best of luck the rest of the season!
     
  2. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

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    No comment.
     
  3. natedawg212000

    natedawg212000 New Orleans Saints

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    LOL. Sorry. Shouldn't be funny but it was. Great game both of you. Both will be fun teams to watch this season.
     
  4. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

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    Yeah. Bada will be fun to watch for winning games, while I will be fun to watch because I'll be the laughingstock of the league and lose every game.
     

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