Broncos tame Bengals in overtime to clinch playoff berth

Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:27am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Brandon McManus kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime after missing one at the end of regulation as the Denver Broncos beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 to clinch a playoff berth on Monday.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for a touchdown and led the overtime drive that ended in McManus' game-winning field goal, helping the Broncos improve to 11-4.

Denver running back C.J. Anderson added a 39-yard touchdown run.

The Broncos' defense put the finishing touch on the game when a shotgun snap went through the arms of Cincinnati quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker DeMarcus Ware recovered the fumble, ending the overtime possession for the Bengals (11-4), who also are playoff-bound.

Denver had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but McManus shanked a 45-yard field attempt wide left, sending the game into overtime.

Osweiler finished 27-of-39 for 299 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions. McCarron completed 22-of-35 for 200 yards with one scoring pass and no interceptions.

Trailing by 14-3, the Broncos aired it out to open the third quarter, marching 81 yards largely on the strength of Osweiler's passing arm.

He finished off the drive with an eight-yard pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who broke through cornerback Adam Jones' tackle near the goal line for Denver's first touchdown of the game with 10:14 left in the period.

It was Denver's first second-half score in four games and it would not be the team's last, though the Broncos turned to their running game.   Continued...

Dec 28, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus (8) kicks the winning field goal during the overtime period against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  The Broncos won 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports