Monday, July 22, 2024

Broncos produce epic comeback for 31-28 W

After getting thrashed 70-20 last weekend, the Bears came out flat as a pancake. Down 21-7 at the half, and 28-14 after three quarters it looked like the Broncos were going to be the talk of the NFL media again.

The Bears have looked one of the NFL’s worst teams so far this season, but as Justin Fields finally exploded into the 2023 season, it seemed that the Broncos were much, much worse. Then the unthinkable happened.

BRONCOS UNREAL COMEBACK

The fourth quarter comeback started with a Russell Wilson 13 yarder over the middle to Courtland Sutton, and then Justin Fields just had to Justin Fields. The third year QB fumbling on the Denver 48 and seeing it returned by Cooper for the tying score just 2:40 later. It was a gut punch the Bears couldn’t recover from.

On their next possession the Bears drove the length of the field, before deciding to turn down a 36-yard field goal and attempt a fourth-and-one on the Broncos 18. It proved a bad decision as the Broncos held, and 5 plays and 1:08 later kicked what would be the game winner.

The Bears had one more drive that ended in a desperate interception to seal one of their more painful defeats in memory.

After the game Broncos HC Sean Payton didn’t get too carried away, “There will be some tough tape. I don’t want to sugarcoat anything, there’s some things. We’re going to play a lot tougher teams on our schedule, no disrespect to Chicago, to Matt Eberflus and what they’re trying to do, I’m sure it’s the same here, but I think the win was important for the group.”

Payton went on to say, “The strip fumble was arguably the biggest play of the game. You score on defense, you’re going to win a lot of games; that ended up being the case.”

Denver BroncosChicago Bears
1st Downs1726
Passing 1st downs917
Rushing 1st downs67
1st downs from penalties22
3rd down efficiency6-116-12
4th down efficiency0-01-3
Total Plays4870
Total Yards311471
Total Drives910
Yards per Play6.56.7
Passing214300
Comp-Att21-2828-35
Yards per pass7.47.7
Interceptions thrown01
Sacks-Yards Lost1-94-35
Rushing97171
Rushing Attempts1931
Yards per rush5.15.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-32-3
Penalties7-3910-91
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost01
Interceptions thrown01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession26:1133:49

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