Striking Gold: Broncos beat ‘Skins

first_img “I just have to keep working,” said Bell, demoted behind Mike Anderson in training camp this year. “I don’t want to just be a ‘one-game wonder.’ I want to be the starter.” The Broncos won their fourth straight despite missing Champ Bailey, who sat out his second straight game with a sore hamstring. It put a damper on what was supposed to be the first meeting between him and Clinton Portis since the Redskins and Broncos pulled off a blockbuster trade and swapped the two stars before last season. Portis, a flamboyant and temperamental playmaker during his two years in Denver, ran for 103 yards on 20 carries for the Redskins and was booed pretty much every time he touched the ball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Later in the season, you don’t remember how they came, you only remember it’s a win,” said Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, held to 92 yards passing in the driving rain. The problems that plagued Plummer, however, didn’t bother Brunell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He went 30 for 53 for 322 yards and drove the Redskins 94 yards for the touchdown – an 11-yard pass to Chris Cooley – that pulled Washington (3-1) within two. On the conversion try, Brunell spotted David Patten open in the back of the end zone for a moment, but Gold came over and batted down the pass to prevent a possible overtime. “You saw what his speed and athleticism will do,” Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. “It was a hell of a play.” While Gold’s big play saved the game, Tatum Bell made the difference for Denver (4-1) the rest of the time, rushing for 127 yards and two long scores to help the Broncos to a 21-10 lead. In the first quarter, Bell took a toss on fourth-and-1 and faked out Phillip Daniels en route to a 34-yard score. That stood as Bell’s longest career run until the third quarter, when he burst through the Washington defense on a sweep for a 55-yard touchdown to put the Broncos ahead by 11. center_img DENVER – The offense wasn’t moving. Denver was facing overtime in the icy, bitter rain. Linebacker Ian Gold stuck his hand out, knocked down a pass, and with that, the Broncos showed that Washington isn’t the only team that can find odd and ugly ways to win the close ones. Gold knocked away Mark Brunell’s 2-point conversion pass with 1:09 left Sunday to help Denver hang onto a 21-19 victory and keep the Redskins from adding yet another fantastic finish to their charmed season. last_img