Trevor Siemian was lost for the Broncos after the team’s second possession of the game. He landed on his elbow and injured his shoulder on the fall. Osweiler was then summoned, and he finished the game 12-of-17 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
The Colts went into the half up, 10-7, but they would be outscored by the Broncos, 15-3, in the third quarter and never recover from it.
The game didn’t have any implications on the playoff race. The Broncos improved to 5-9 on the season, while the Colts fell to 3-11. But at the very least for the Broncos, they put together a good and complete game, something they haven’t been able to do too many times this season.
Here are the winners and losers from the final Thursday night game of the season.
Loser: getting exposed by SkyCam
NBC decided that it would once again use SkyCam as the main camera angle for the game. The network started experimenting with it after being forced to use it for the Super Bowl LI rematch in Week 7 between the Falcons and Patriots in Foxborough, where fog made normal viewing impossible.
It gives a better look at what quarterbacks can see, and we were able to watch this Siemian interception unfold before our eyes:
Unfortunately for Siemian, he never really got a chance to make up for it. On the Broncos’ second drive, he suffered a shoulder injury that put him out for the game.
Winner: the best hurdle of the season for a TD
NFL running backs hurdling players has become increasingly common. But this one by Devontae Booker was smooth, clear, and went for a touchdown that drew plenty of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s”:
Loser: it getting overturned for a hold
This wasn’t even close, and it’s honestly pretty funny. Garett Bolles had Jabaal Sheard clotheslined, and the referees had no choice but to overturn Booker’s touchdown.
We’re going to have to ask the competition committee to consider nullifying penalties if the play meets a certain level of badass-ery.
Luckily for the Broncos, they still got in the end zone.
Winner: BROCK OSWEILER RUSHING TD
Booker’s sick touchdown didn’t count, but it might have been worth missing just so we could see Osweiler take small strides to the end zone for an 18-yard score.
Look at this beautiful mess:
That was the Broncos’ longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback since Tim Tebow. So I suppose that’s an improvement for Osweiler?
Loser: WOO HOO HOO HOO
Osweiler finally gets into the end zone in a way that no NFL defense should ever allow him to, and he does this:
Look, it’s funny. It really is. But Osweiler has a hard enough time actually throwing the ball into the end zone for touchdowns. When he runs one in from 18 yards out, he’s gotta come up with something.
Winner: 1,000-yard seasons
Frank Gore secured his 12th consecutive season with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage, passing Marshall Faulk and Jerry Rice, who had streaks of 11.
Gore turns 35 in May. One more season, and he could potentially tie Emmitt Smith, who has 13.
I think we’d all like to see him give it a shot.
Winner: this dime
While Siemian got exposed by the SkyCam earlier in the game, the angle gave us a first-hand look at Osweiler dropping a dime to Jeff Heuerman for a touchdown straight up the middle of the field:
Good for Osweiler for coming in and having a solid game.