So close yet so far. That will likely be how the Denver Broncos and their fans look back at the ending of Sunday’s loss against the Washington Commanders.
Trailing by eight points, the Broncos had the ball at midfield with only three seconds remaining. They needed a miracle. Stunningly, they got it. Not only did the Broncos complete a Hail Mary but they did so in a wild way. Russell Wilson’s pass was well short of the goal line but after two deflections, Denver’s Brandon Johnson got the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. With the tough part out of the way, the Broncos needed only a two-point conversion to go into overtime. It didn’t happen.
Wilson’s pass to Courtland Sutton fell incomplete. And while there appeared to be a significant amount of contact from cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, who was guarding Sutton on the play, no flag was thrown. With that, the game was over after a wild two-play sequence.
The Broncos complete an INSANE Hail Mary as time expires… and then fail on the 2-point try (Denver wanted a PI call).
The Commanders win 35-33.
Here's the incredible sequence. 🏈pic.twitter.com/wFhKUteT0j
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 18, 2023
The NFL world had a lot to say about the wild ending in Denver.
Most Broncos ending ever. Only they could blow a miracle.
— James Kelley (@bigheadbets) September 17, 2023
Broncos fans trying to process that ending pic.twitter.com/Pbu5ddZk1E
— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) September 17, 2023
NFL script writers after cooking up the ending of the Broncos game pic.twitter.com/M23NxoDmmL
— Agent AlbertoliRavioli (@AlbertoRavioli) September 17, 2023
The Broncos ending was WILD! That’s also a TERRIBLE no-call on the PI on the 2-point conversion 😂
— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) September 17, 2023
Broncos fans processing that ending pic.twitter.com/MrfQ9TjVrS
— Blake Garman (@FrostedBlakes34) September 17, 2023
The ending play of that Broncos game was INSANE lol. However, the Broncos aren't any better with Sean Payton I see.
After all that trash talk about Hackett they blow a 21-3 lead and are 0-2 lol.
— how bout those CHIEFS (@hbtCHIEFS) September 17, 2023
Indeed, while the Broncos might have a legitimate gripe about the pass interference no-call, they have only themselves to blame for being in that situation. Denver dominated the early part of the game, leading 21-3 in the second quarter.
The Broncos are 0-2 on the season. They are also 5-14 since Russell Wilson was acquired before the 2022 season and 4-13 in his starts.
[Photo Credit: CBS]