Elam boot nets win against Dolphins

It wasn't pretty, but it was a badly needed win as the Denver Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins by the margin of a Jason Elam field goal.

Denver 20, Miami 17 - Yahoo.com - Eddie Pells
December 12, 2004 - Jake Plummer went to the bench after a bad interception and flashed an obscene gesture toward a jeering fan in his home crowd. It was hardly what you'd expect from a winning quarterback, but this was hardly a feel-good win for the Denver Broncos. Backup tailback Tatum Bell ran for 123 yards and Jason Elam kicked a 50-yard field goal with 2:50 left Sunday to help the Broncos overcome Plummer's two interceptions and eke out a less-than-satisfying 20-17 victory over the woeful Miami Dolphins.

A Win's a Win - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - When asked by a reporter after the Broncos-Dolphins game asked if a win is a win, whether it comes the way you want it to or not, Mike Shanahan had a very simple answer. "I think you said it best," the head coach of the Broncos replied. And it was easy to spot the sincerity in his voice. After two straight agonizing losses, defeats at the hands of the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers that looked like they were going to be Denver victories, it was nice for everybody in the Broncos locker room to finally come out on top. It was a relief to simply get back on the winning track.

Broncos-Dolphins Notebook: Bell's Big Day Ends Early - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - For just over two quarters, Tatum Bell's day was nothing short of brilliant. He had 123 yards on only 17 carries, demonstrating the kind of acceleration that he had not been able to display consistently since the offseason mini-camps, before a run of injuries that began with his first full day of training-camp practice. He had the Broncos' two first-half touchdowns, both of which saw him zip through a hole and race barely touched into the end zone. Until midway through the third quarter, the only tarnish on Bell's day came when he dropped a potential touchdown pass in the third quarter, booting a bootleg pass from Jake Plummer when he was wide open in the right side of the end zone.

Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins - DenverBroncos.com
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - Prior to kickoff, Head Coach Mike Shanahan deactivated the following players: Garrison Hearst, Jeff Shoate, Sam Brandon, Jashon Sykes, Cornell Green, Darius Holland, Trevor Pryce and Luther Elliss. A change in the starting lineup had Cooper Carlisle starting at right guard in place of Dan Neil. The start was the third of Carlisle's career and it was the first time Neil had not started a game since his rookie season in 1997. He had started the last 104 games that he had played. The game began under sunny skies with a temperature of 47 degrees. Denver won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff.

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