Hoping to bounce back from back-to-back losses, the Denver Broncos came into the game looking for a much needed win. Coming into the game, the Broncos were 5-3, and the Texans at 4-3. With a bye-week just around the corner, to have another loss hanging from the Broncos heads would not make anyone content.
The Broncos knew what they had to do-step things up, and they did. A fired-up attendance of 74,292 and a warm afternoon helped contribute to the Broncos motivation. During the first quarter, Broncos tight-end Jeb Putzier scored a 34-yard touchdown, Jason Elam's extra point was good and the Broncos led the scoreboard 7-0.
During the second quarter, the Broncos continued to show their dominance by a 52-yard field goal by Jason Elam, 40-yard touchdown by Ashley Lelie and a touchdown from Rod Smith. The Texans were only able to score 1 touchdown during the quarter, leaving the Broncos ahead at the half 24-7.
The third quarter the Broncos scored again with a touchdown by fullback Kyle Johnson. "I was very excited. Really, I was just trying to concentrate on getting a first down. I don't even know what happened. I heard the crowd roar, and turned around and I was in. So that was a very special moment for me." Johnson stated regarding his first touchdown.
At the end of the 4th the Texans were able to get away with another touchdown (the 2-point conversion attempt failed). But the Broncos left the field with a much needed win 31-13.
After the game Coach Shanahan was content with this win, "I'm really pleased with our football team, the way we fought back after losing the last couple games. Coming back home and going into the bye week, we felt like it was a game that we had to play well. I thought we stepped up did the things we had to do. Houston is a good football team; they are going to win a lot of games this year. I'm really proud of the team and their effort and what we had to do to win the game."
Another accomplishment for the Broncos was Rod Smith. Already being the Broncos career leader in receiving yardage, (9,275) was an accomplishment for Rod. But, tonight Smith became Denver's all-time leading receiver with 677 receptions, (passing Shannon Sharpe's 675) and the all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 56.
"I think it is well deserved, head coach Mike Shanahan said of Smith's accomplishments.
"He is one of those guys that does not draw much attention to himself, but he just always is prepared. He is the ultimate pro. The way he practices and the way he prepares, not only during the season but during the off-season, is a reflection of what type of leader he is. I have been in the league for a little bit and I can't think of a guy that would mean more to a football team than Rod Smith.
When asked about how he felt about his accomplishments and record-setting day, Rod Smith stated, "To win the game is an achievement for me. I don't care about the individual stuff. If you go out there to play for everybody else, the individual stuff will come along with that.
"I think that my teammates respect me for that. I have never tried to put the spotlight on me, because it's always about them, and I do it for them."
The Broncos will have a break next week with a bye, then take to the road on Nov. 21 to face the New Orleans Saints.
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