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Denver Post: Broncos learn lessons from winning play

Mike Chambers
The Denver Post

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels had a great sideline view of the improbable late-game play that sent his team to a 12-7 victory over the Bengals at Cincinnati on Sunday. But today, after looking at multiple replay angles of Brandon Stokely’s tipped 87-yard game-winning touchdown reception, McDaniels said the play will serve as an example of what to do – and what not to do – in that situation for years to come.

“Very interesting things to see and learn from that play on both sides of the ball,” he said.

For starters, the Broncos avoided being whistled for a 15-yard penalty for players leaving the sideline to join the end-zone celebration with 11 seconds to go. Such a penalty would have forced Denver to kick off from its 15-yard line.

“We were very careful not to have anybody from the sideline run out there on the field,” McDaniels said. “If you kick the ball off from the 15 and they have the ball at the 50, you’re talking about a whole different ending of the game. (Bengals quarterback Carson) Palmer is probably throwing the ball in the end zone then.”

Secondly, he praised Stokely for running horizontally at the along the endzone before going in after realizing he was not going to get tackled. But he also said Stokely – who previously said he thought about running out of bounds if he was threatened to get tackled – should have known the Broncos had one timeout remaining.

“I thought that was an incredibly smart play for a player to make at that point in time,” McDaniels said of Stokely’s time-killing jog. “Very heads-up on his part.

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