Griffin vs. Portis - Play of the Week

Denver Broncos running back Quentin Griffin and former Bronco Clinton Portis are among five finalists for the NFL's Week One - Levitra Play of the Week." Check out the other highlights from Opening Day.

Week One of the NFL's 2004 season saw two spectacular running plays, one by a former Denver Bronco Clinton Portis and one by the man selected to replace him, Denver's current starting back Quentin Griffin.

The performance by both of these players are being featured among a total of five plays that have been nominated for the Week One - "LEVITRA PLAY OF THE WEEK." 

Clinton Portis, RB - Washington Redskins - 64-yard touchdown run
On the third play of the Redskins' opening drive, the newly acquired running back took a Mark Brunell handoff 64 yards enroute to Washington's first score of the season. The touchdown run on Portis' first carry as a Redskin fueled Washington's 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and gave head coach Joe Gibbs a victory in his return to the sideline. Portis finished the day with 148 yards on 29 carries.


Quentin Griffin, RB - Denver Broncos - 25-yard touchdown run
With nine minutes remaining in the first half, the Broncos running back scored his second touchdown of the game on a 25-yard run. Griffin took the handoff to the left side, juked a defender and ran untouched into the end zone giving the Broncos a 17-7 lead. The Broncos beat their long time rival Kansas City Chiefs 34-24. Griffin finished the day with 156 yards on 29 carries and also recorded a 1-yard touchdown reception. 

The award is presented each Thursday during the NFL regular season to recognize the single most exciting play that week as determined by the fans.  Voting is open to the fans each week from Tuesday at Noon ET until Thursday at Noon ET, exclusively on NFL.com.  Each weekly winner will be a finalist for the "LEVITRA PLAY OF THE YEAR" to be awarded at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fans who vote at NFL.com each week can also enter for their chance to win a three-day/two-night trip for two to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005, including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

Other plays that are being considered include:

Bracy Walker, S - Detroit Lions - 92-yard blocked field goal - return touchdown -
With the Lions trailing the Bears 7-3, Bracy Walker picked up a blocked third-quarter field goal attempt and ran it back 92-yards for a touchdown. Walker would later preserve Detroit's 20-16 victory over Chicago, intercepting Rex Grossman's pass in the end zone pass with 18 second remaining. With the win, the Lions snapped their NFL record of 24 consecutive road losses dating back to December 2000.

Ernest Wilford, WR - Jacksonville Jaguars - 7-yard game-winning touchdown reception from Byron Leftwich -
With only four seconds remaining in the game and a fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line, the Jaguars rookie wide receiver came down with Byron Leftwich's pass in the back of the end zone.  Wilford's catch helped his team cap an 80-yard drive to give the Jaguars a 13-10 come-from-behind victory.

Donovan McNabb, QB - Philadelphia Eagles - 3-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens -
With under three minutes to play in the first quarter and the game tied 7-7, the Eagles quarterback connected with Terrell Owens for the 3-yard touchdown. On the play, McNabb was chased out of the pocket and scrambled toward the right sideline.  Before stepping out of bounds he threw across his body and found Owens in the back of the end zone. The two would connect on three touchdowns giving the Eagles a 31-17 victory over their division rival New York Giants.

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