DENVER — The Denver Broncos went with math over a intestine really feel Saturday night time, and plenty of of their devoted left the 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns speaking a couple of fourth-and-1 the staff did not go for within the closing minutes because the Broncos dropped to 6-Eight and on the point of official postseason elimination.
With four minutes, 39 seconds remaining, trailing 17-13 and with a fourth-and-1 on the Cleveland 6-yard line, Broncos coach Vance Joseph despatched kicker Brandon McManus out for a discipline objective because the boos cascaded down from the stands.
“I wanted points there,” Joseph stated. “Had about four:35 to go within the recreation, we had one timeout and the two-minute warning. I belief our protection to get a cease there, OK. If we do not get points there, a landing has to win it. It was my resolution, take points.”
McManus made the 29-yard discipline objective — after a delay of recreation penalty — and the Broncos did certainly get the ball again after their protection ultimately stopped the Browns deep in Denver territory, however the Broncos could not transfer the ball previous the 50-yard line to kick a recreation winner.
Broncos quarterback Case Keenum stated he was assured the Broncos may have transformed the fourth-and-1, however added he was indignant he did not get the offense in place for the sport winner after the Broncos obtained the ball again.
“Sure, I felt assured [the Broncos would have converted the fourth down],” Keenum stated. “I wanted to convert third down, that is what I wanted to do. [Joseph] felt just like the protection would get a cease and [we would] get the ball again and so they did. They obtained a cease and we obtained the ball again, I can not complain, I had the ball in my arms with an opportunity to win the sport. That is all you possibly can ask for.”
Joseph stated “completely” the Broncos’ back-to-back runs for simply 2 yards and no acquire on the 2 performs earlier than the sector objective influenced the choice.
“Completely, the third-down play did not look nice and we had points,” Joseph stated. “Once more, I belief our protection to get a cease the subsequent drive and we did … hoping we get a cease there and get the ball again.”
Whereas the Broncos’ protection did maintain on a Browns fourth-down play on the subsequent Cleveland possession, that stand got here at Denver’s 13-yard line after Browns working again Nick Chubb had gained 53 yards on six carries on the drive. That whole included a 40-yard run on the primary play of Cleveland’s drive.
“That final drive, what was it, 75 yards speeding?” Broncos linebacker Von Miller stated. “We won’t permit that.”
The Broncos have been in a position to go from their very own 13-yard line in 5 performs to earn a first-and-10 on the 50-yard line with 52 seconds to play. Joseph stated he believed the Broncos wanted to get to the Cleveland 42-yard line, at minimal, for McManus to have an opportunity at a recreation winner.
Keenum spiked the ball on first down and threw two incompletions to give the Broncos a fourth-and-10 from the 50. Keenum took a low snap within the shotgun and was swarmed beneath by the Browns rush for a sack to finish the Broncos’ possibilities.
“I am nonetheless fairly emotional about it,” Keenum stated. “Man, that is what I dream about, man, that is what I would like, I would like the ball in my arms with an opportunity to win the sport … to get that shut, it pisses me off … Lot of anger at myself, there’s some performs I may make that I did not.”