Denver Broncos 17 Chicago Bears 10
All 27 points scored in the second half. In the first half, five of the eleven drives were three and out and only a couple of those that weren’t three and outs were sustained drives with more than one first down. Calling the first half slow and boring is being nice.
The Bears were the first team on the board with a touchdown in the third quarter, and followed with a field goal in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Chicago stayed in the lead 10-0 until the final five minutes of the game.
With 4:34 left in the fourth quarter, Denver got the ball and moved it downfield pretty much at will. They capped this drive with a touchdown to Demaryius Thomas from Tim Tebow. Bringing the score 10-7. After the ensuing Bears drive, the Broncos got the ball back and drove downfield. The kicked a field goal, and took the game to overtime.
On an earlier play, Bears running back Marion Barber needed to stay in-bounds to keep the clock moving, but he didn’t. Then in overtime, as the Bears were driving and on the Broncos 38 yard line, Barber fumbled the ball recovered by the Denver defense.
Denver had the ball and all they had to do was score and the game was over. What ensued was an eight play drive as Denver moved the ball. After a third down attempt, which Denver didn’t convert, Matt Prater lined up for another field goal and gave Denver the win.
The final five minutes and overtime play was the most exciting time of play for the Broncos on the regular season. That and how the defense came up once again to help Denver win it. So what beats this regular season game to be the best and most exciting game of the 2011 season?
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