Elam connected on his third last second field goal of the season giving the Broncos a much needed 31-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers - what's even better is the fact that they actually looked good doing it.
Twenty-two of twenty-nine through the air, three passing touchdowns, one rushing TD and a recovered fumble brought back nearly fifty-yards by a rookie defensive lineman - it wasn't perfect, but coming off Week Five's 41-3 beat down by the San Diego Chargers, it seemed like magic.
"It's always nice to find a way to win," Mike Shanhan told reporters. "Pittsburgh is a very good football team, and I thought it was physical on both sides of the ball. It's always nice to make some plays at the end of the game and find a way to win."
With Javon Walker sidelined following knee surgery and Champ Bailey nursing a sore thigh, the Broncos found themselves without two of their biggest weapons, but on a night set aside for honoring teammates Darrent Williams and Damian Nash, it was time for everyone to step it up - including Jay Cutler, who had his most productive game as a Bronco.
"He's fearless. He goes out there and he completes, Shanahan said. "If he makes a mistake, he'll forget about it and goes back and tries to make another play. That's what you want out of a quarterback -- you want a quarterback that's going to go out there and make some plays, and do what he did today: find a way to win. Especially when they got the ball back for the last couple of drives, began controlling the tempo of the game and making a bunch of third downs. He kept his composure and made the plays he had to make."
On the flip side of the ball, the Broncos made the plays they had to make - including a much improved run defense and four quarterback sacks on Ben Roethlisburg.
"The blitzes we thought we were going to get, we got. They did some good things. We didn't do so well, obviously, in the first half and a lot of that is because of me. You need to make plays and some of the plays they made, were just really good plays."
By virtue of playing in a disappointingly weak AFC West, the Broncos find themselves in a two way tie for second place with the San Diego Chargers at 3-3, as they prepare to host the Green Bay Packers next Monday night.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Tim Crowder's fifty-yard touchdown run off a fumble recovery with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
"I had to drop in to coverage on that play and I thought it was a sack. When I saw him running I had to catch up to him to be with him. All I could see was his big ol' butt running in front of me."
… DE Jarvis Moss comments on Crowder's fumble recovery and touchdown run
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