The Broncos’ first drive of the game was U-G-L-Y.
And its second drive was U-G-L-I-E-R.
The third and fourth drives were still pretty miserable.
Not one 1st down in Q1. If we extrapolate that data, Denver projects to fire and trade everyone.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) October 30, 2022
But that fifth drive had a spark.
After an 11-play drive that featured four first downs, Russell Wilson handed off to Jerry Jeudy on the sixth-yard line, and the wideout scampered to the right and into a waiting end zone.
It was hard to trust that drive given all the games the Broncos’ offense has sputtered following any life.
And sure enough, the defense got the ball back for Denver with a minute to go in the first half, only to watch the offense squander a perfect opportunity to tie or go ahead at halftime.
Appropriate ending to a really dumb half of Broncos football.— Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) October 30, 2022
But for the first time all season, the Broncos came out in the third quarter and scored.
And not only did they score, they scored a red zone touchdown on the heels of Melvin Gordon.
It shouldn’t be as impressive as it is, but when the offense has only scored a total of three points in all the third quarters of this season combined, seven points feels like a million.
The offense proceeded to get three more three-and-outs, and Broncos Country was no doubt fearful of a meltdown by the team once again.
Especially after the Jaguars scored a go-ahead TD late in the fourth quarter.
But it was time to ride and Wilson and the offense did just that.
Starting at 1st-and-10 from their 20, Wilson hit KJ Hamler for a 47-yard first down, nearly getting into the red zone in one play.
It would take a Wilson scramble for 18 yards on 3rd-and-5 to keep the Broncos driving, but another 9-yard pass to Hamler and 7-yard run by Latavius Murray would set up a 2-yard go-ahead touchdown run for Murray.
Broncos took back the lead with 1:43 to go - still plenty of time on the clock for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars to march down the field and ruin all the Broncos’ dreams of a victory in a must-win game.
But it was not to be, thanks to K’Wuan Williams coming up clutch with an INT on the Jags’ first play of the drive.
HELLUVA INT, K'WAUN!!!!— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 30, 2022
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The Broncos still had to hang on to the lead, but after three solid runs from Murray and a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1, the Broncos could finally celebrate a win.
But no one enjoyed it more - or found more relief - than Wilson.
From London to the Wembley locker room to the Mile High City - and all across Elon Musk’s unfiltered Twitter - Broncos and Broncos Country could be heard loud and clear.
Our man @DangeRussWilson— Dan from Torqua(Y) ◢ ◤ (@dan_torquay_man) October 30, 2022
TWICE now I have seen Russ as a Bronco in London.
BOTH times I left the capital with a smile on my face.
Keep being you Russ and the team and organisation will grow with you.#BroncosCountry #LetsRide pic.twitter.com/oDSrbR0BCr
What an unreal showing by #BroncosCountry on Sunday. #Broncos fans took over Wembley. What an unbelievable experience added by the win. And it was the most-attended #NFL international game. pic.twitter.com/5zBFTAbNIs— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) October 30, 2022
Two red-zone touchdowns.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) October 30, 2022
Longest drive in 10 years.
The 2nd and 3rd quarters of play today are the best the Broncos offense has looked all year.
Nah that’s Tuff how y’all said that . Great win with my dawgs today https://t.co/114mID5d6u— KJ HAMLER (@Kj_hamler) October 30, 2022
Broncos won, Raiders got shut out.— Best is West (@best_is_west) October 30, 2022
Today was a good day.#BroncosCountry
Now all those funny guys making jokes about high knees can kindly STFU and start doing some.
What Y’all said about 3️⃣… Aye Broncos Country let’s Ride!!!! & we doing High Knees on the plane!!!— Tyrie Cleveland (@Tyrie_1) October 30, 2022
I’m happy for Russell Wilson, that would’ve been a long flight home to Denver if they lost. Now he can do high knees the whole flight back with no criticism.— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) October 30, 2022
And guess what’s back???