The Tennessee Titans survived Mile High only because of Stephen Gostkowski, whose late 25-yard field goal brought down the Denver Broncos. The match’s final result was 16-14 for the guests, who are more than happy to get away with this win.
Gostkowski was terrible up to that last field goal, with the 36-year old veteran and one of the best kickers in history missing three FGs and an extra-point conversion.
“I really wanted to come out and make a strong first impression,” he said. “I did the exact opposite.”
But Mike Vrabel and the Titans’ players supported the newcomer who signed for Tennessee just four days ago and paid out.
“We’ve got a lot of faith in our players. Excited to get out of here with a win. This is a tough place to play,” said Vrabel, who mentioned that Vic Fangio didn’t use his timeouts before Gostkowski’s game-winning field goal.
Throughout the entire 60 minutes, both sides were hading one another a pretty good beating, with the defenses being in the middle of attention.
Broncos struck first with Drew Lock’s nine-yard pass that ended up in Noah Fant’s hands in Tennessee’s endzone. At that point, Denver was on the rise, forcing the Titans’ to punt and going for the second TD. However, Melvin Gordon fumbled the football. But that too wasn’t the only missed chance for the Broncos in the first half.
They were stopped at the Titans 1, with three snaps wasted without managing to score. It was right after the guests’ touchdown once they leveled the score.
It was Ryan Tannehill who hit MyCole Pruitt in the endzone for a one-yard score. Titans, too, had a chance to break the tie, but Gostkowski missed his two field goals. Still, with 2:11, Tannehill had another one-yard TD pass, only this time to Jonnu Smith. Gostowski missed an extra-point conversion here, and that might have been very problematic for his side.
Melvin Gordon held the ball tightly once rushing towards the end zone on the next possession, tying the score, but Brandon McManus gave the hosts a one-point lead following his extra-point conversion.
Eventually, it was Gostkowski who saved the day and his skin.
“I just got here and come out here and play like that? For the guys to still support me and still have my back was pretty good,” the four-time Pro Bowler said.
Ryan Tannehill had 249 passing yards, with two TDs, and 101 going to Corey Davis, who had seven receptions. Derrick Henry rushed for 116 yards, but on 31 carries.
On the other side, Drew Lock was solid, 216 yards, one TD pass, but his inexperience, mixed with Fangio’s decision, cost the Broncos a win.
“It was definitely weird out there tonight. No noise…. I wanted to call the plays quiet in the huddle because I didn’t know if they could hear us,” the 23-year old said following the game.
Gordon had that one fumble and TD but also rushed 78 yards in 15 carries, while Fant collected 81 receiving yards in 5 catches. Jerry Jeudy had four receptions for 56 yards, but he dropped two pretty easy passes, which could have been very productive in the end.
The Broncos have a tough one in the next round, as they head for Pittsburgh to meet the Steelers who defeated Giants in New York earlier last night.
As for the Titans, they will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home.
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