Broncos – Titans (14-16): from zero to hero, Stephen Gostkowski gives victory to Tennessee | Touchdown Actu (NFL Actu)


Denver Broncos (0-1) – Tennessee Titans (1-0) : 14-16

It was a nightmare, but a kick can change everything. After missing three field goals and one extra point, Stephen Gostkowski finally released the Titans in the dying seconds.

Led from a point on 50 yards 2 minutes from the end of the match, Ryan Tannehill (29/43, 249 yards, 2 TDs) and his family approached 10 yards from the end zone. Catastrophic so far, Gostkowski managed his 25-yard field goal to give victory to Tennessee.

The lack of preseason was felt, as the inaccuracies were numerous on each side. And in this succession of errors, it was ultimately the Titans who had the last word.

Gift exchange, it’s Christmas before its time

After a punt exchange, the Broncos find their rhythm in attack and Drew Lock (22/33, 216 yards, 1TD) connects with Noah Fant (5 receptions, 81 yards, 1TD) to open the scoring. But behind, while they have the possession to widen the gap, a fumble from Melvin Gordon (15 races, 78 yards, 1TD, 1 fumble) comes to stop the machine. Again well oiled, the Denver attack will fail a yard from the endzone. Vic Fiangio decides to try the fourth attempt, but the defense holds up.

It was more complicated for the attack on the Titans. Between missed field goals and avoidable drops on the third attempt, Vrabel’s men struggled to advance. It is therefore thanks to his defense that Tennessee finally enters redzone. Tannehill doesn’t waste this opportunity and finds MyCole Pruitt in the endzone. The two teams are tied at half-time, 7-7.

From the start of the third quarter, Denver continues to give gifts. After a costly drop from rookie Jerry Jeudy (4 receptions, 56 yards) on the third attempt, it is a personal fault of AJ Johnson which saves Tannehill, guilty on the action of a nasty interception. It is then the turn of the Titans to be generous, and Gostkowski misses his third field goal of the day.

The last word for the Titans

Denver’s offense is completely absent in the third quarter, and the defense is spending far too much time on the court. Fatally, she ends up exhausting herself and the Titans take advantage of it. From the start of the fourth quarter, they too found themselves within 1 yard of the endzone, in the fourth attempt. But, unlike his evening opponent, Tannehill finds the solution. Gostkowski continues his nightmarish evening and misses the extra point.

The Broncos’ response is immediate. A drive perfectly led by Lock and Gordon ends him in the endzone. Denver regains the advantage. Behind, a double exchange of punt and Tannehill has the drive to give the victory to the Titans. This time Gostkowski does not miss the target and Tennessee comes out.

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