The Denver Broncos were — and still are — riding high, following their sensational road win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. Safety Darian Stewart was one of Denver's key players, as he became the first Bronco since 2001 to tally three takeaways in a game (2 INT, 1 FR).
The Broncos had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Drew Brees still had 2:50 seconds left with a 6-point margin.
As he is wont to do, Brees marched his team down the field, scoring on a 32-yard strike to double-covered receiver Brandin Cooks. The extra point would have given the Saints the lead with only 1:22 left in the game.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... But in the most unlikely of scenarios, the Broncos managed to not only block the kick — preserving a tie, worst case — but they were able to return it for the two-point score, giving them the lead once again.
The blocked extra point was orchestrated by rookie safety Justin Simmons, with a little help from Jared Crick. Timing the snap perfectly, Simmons leaped over the long-snapper without touching him, while Crick pressed the snapper down open-handed, which is legal.
Simmons blocked the kick unimpeded, and it was scooped up by fellow rookie safety Will Parks, and returned for the score. It's a play the Broncos practice regularly under special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis.
And after the game, Head Coach Gary Kubiak showed a little love to his special teams assistant, who also served as interim Head Coach during Denver's Week 6 road bout with the San Diego Chargers, while Kubiak recovered from an illness.
In the video below, watch Kubiak's charged locker room speech post-game.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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