Tennessee kicker Stephen Gostkowski may have only made two out of six kicks in Monday night’s game, but he clutched up when it mattered for the Titans.
Gostkowski trotted back onto the field with 17 seconds remaining in the game having missed three field goals and an extra point. The Titans kicker took a deep breath and drilled the 25-yard game-winning field goal that broke the hearts of Broncos fans across the country.
Before the final Tennessee drive, the Broncos had multiple opportunities to extend their lead late in the fourth quarter. After scoring the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth, Denver ran 11 plays for a total of 44 yards on three possessions. Two of those possessions resulted in a punt with the other ending when the clock hit 0:00.
Besides a few Jerry Jeudy drops, there were two plays that potentially cost Denver the football game. The first of these plays occurred with just over three minutes left in the first half. On fourth and goal at the Tennessee one-yard line, Drew Lock shoveled the ball to Jake Butt who was unable to get into the endzone. The second play was Drew Lock’s overthrow of DaeSean Hamilton, who was streaking down the left sideline towards the endzone, late in the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, there were multiple positives for the Broncos throughout the game. Tight end Noah Fant caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. After the game, Lock said “Noah (Fant) was ready to go and prove to the whole NFL who he is.”
As for the Denver quarterback, he said that he “was confident the whole game.” Head coach Vic Fangio was “pleased with they way Drew played,” while Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur “thinks he’s made great progress” so far in the new offense.
Fangio also addressed the injuries Denver had suffered during the game saying cornerback AJ Bouye dislocated his shoulder and running back Phillip Lindsay suffered turf toe. There has been no update on either of their conditions and MRI’s were carried out this afternoon on both players.
Coach Fangio is hoping wide receiver Courtland Sutton will be able to play Sunday and rookie KJ Hamler will practice on Wednesday.
The 0-1 Broncos will head to Pittsburgh to take on the 1-0 Steelers on Sunday afternoon.