I saw a video on Facebook yesterday of every team’s luckiest and unluckiest plays. It was fun to watch, but I disagreed with the Denver Broncos unluckiest play which has sparked this post. To me, luck has more to do with, well, luck - not bad football play. The bad angle Rahim Moore took in the 2012 playoffs had little to do with luck in my opinion, so its time to pick a more appropriate play for that.
But first, they did nail the luckiest play in Broncos history.
In the first game of what would become the catastrophic Josh McDaniels-era, the Broncos were down 7-6 on the road to the Cincinnati Bengals with just 28 seconds left in regulation. Kyle Orton had only one target in mind and that was Brandon Marshall and he threw it his way despite Marshall being triple covered. On his second attempt, the luckiest play in Broncos history happened.
The ball was batted upright into a waiting Brandon Stokley’s arms who took it 87-yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
I think few will argue against that lucky ass play, but what about the unluckiest?
This one got me thinking long and hard. I thought maybe Terrell Davis’ knee injury or maybe that near muffed snap on the field goal kick that won the game after The Drive II in the early 90s in an AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Oilers.
But our own Jess Place quietly sent me a link to a video of one of the craziest and unluckiest plays in Broncos history.
Punting from his own one yard line, Steve O’Neal of the New York Jets booted a punt deep that was badly muffed. Instead of the ball bouncing every which way, it bounced one way all the way down to the Broncos one-yard line.
I’m voting for that as the Broncos unluckiest play in team history.
Do you have any better picks for the luckiest or unluckiest play in Broncos history? Share them down in the comments section below.
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