4:15 PM ET, December 30, 2007
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
DENVER (AP) -- Never have the Denver Broncos been so eager to get to next year.This one was filled with heartache, beginning with cornerback Darrent Williams' slaying in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day, followed two months later by the death of running back Damien Nash.
Four of Denver's seven wins this season came on Jason Elam walk-off field goals. He became the first kicker since at least 1990 to convert four game-winners in a season.
|1||42 yards||15-14, Bills|
|2||23 yards||23-20 OT, Raiders|
|7||49 yards||31-28, Steelers|
|17||30 yards||22-19 OT, Vikings|
The Broncos got a safety when Vikings RT Ryan Cook was whistled for face-masking Dumervil in the end zone. ... The four OT games tied Denver's franchise high set in 1985. They went 2-2.
It couldn’t have gone any better for Denver. Offensively, the Broncos were able to run effectively against the Vikings’ top-ranked run defense while defensively, they forced Minnesota QB Tarvaris Jackson to beat them, which he couldn’t do. The Broncos found success by attacking Minnesota’s perimeter with quick outs, softening the defense up, then ran right at the Vikings with off-tackle plays and sweeps. On defense, the Broncos stacked the line of scrimmage all game and held the Vikings’ RB combo of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor to just 119 yards rushing. More importantly, they put the pressure on Jackson, especially in overtime. On the second play in OT, the Broncos had nine in the box and blitzed, sacking Jackson and forcing a fumble. A few plays later, Jason Elam kicked the winning field goal, making Jackson and the Vikings 0-3 when he’s been forced to throw the ball 30 or more times in a game.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||5.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||14:51||Ryan Longwell 22 Yd||3||0|
|TD||11:25||Brandon Marshall 15 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick)||3||7|
|TD||01:54||Tony Scheffler 2 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick)||3||14|
|FG||07:35||Jason Elam 43 Yd||3||17|
|SF||13:04||Penalty On Ryan Cook In End Zone||3||19|
|TD||05:18||Bobby Wade 5 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Tarvaris Jackson Run For Two-Point Conversion)||11||19|
|TD||02:21||Bobby Wade 22 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Tarvaris Jackson Run For Two-Point Conversion)||19||19|
|FG||14:08||Jason Elam 30 Yd||19||22|