Broncos survive Browns scare in OT

Jason Elam hit a 25 yard field goal in overtime to lift the Broncos to a 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Earlier, Elam tied the score at the end of regulation after a Jake Plummer to Ashley Lelie pass of 46 yards put the Broncos into postion for the score.

Denver 23, Cleveland 20, OT - - John Marshall, AP
December 14, 2003 - Ashley Lelie was missing from Denver's offense for more than two months. The Broncos found him just in time. Lelie made a leaping 46-yard catch to set up Jason Elam's 36-yard field goal with six seconds left, then Elam won it in overtime with a 25-yarder, leading Denver to 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Portis Carries Broncos, But Injury Overshadows His Day - Denver - Andrew Mason
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Any questions about whether Clinton Portis had burrowed his way into the hearts of Denver fans were answered unequivocally 5:04 into Sunday afternoon's overtime. With six consecutive runs, he'd pushed the Broncos to the brink of one of the team's dead-bolt solid certainties -- a sub-30-yard field-goal try by Jason Elam. But on the last of those carries -- the final chapter in a 38-carry game -- he paid a dear price, having his right leg rolled in a pile of orange-and-blue helmeted humanity.

The Comeback Magician Waves His Wand to Victory - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - As the Broncos prepared to take possession following the Brett Conway field goal that gave the Cleveland Browns their first lead, no one in the front rows of the stands at INVESCO Field at Mile High pointed to Jake Plummer and yelled, "It's your time." But it didn't have to be said. Every Broncos fanatic in the suddenly stilled stadium knew that it was. A murmur of anticipation charged the rapidly chilling air. This was the moment for which Plummer was asked to join the Broncos. This was his time.

Staying Alive - - James Merilatt
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - In the National Football League, a team does get extra credit for style points. If a team wins by 30 points, dazzles the crowd with their machine-line efficiency and makes their opponent look like a bunch of bumbling idiots, it's still only worth one victory in the win column. That's the same value as an ugly win that is scarred with penalties, blown opportunities and miscues. Come Monday morning, both varieties have the same affect on the NFL standings.

Broncos-Browns Notebook: A Salute to Sharpe - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe hasn't broken a record or hit an NFL milestone in every game this year. It just seems that way. With a 16-yard, third-down reception on the third play of the second half, Sharpe became the first tight end in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards, adding another notch to his Canton-worthy belt. A week earlier, he'd gone over 800 catches; three games before that, he became the all-time leader in touchdowns by a tight end.

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