Denver Broncos rekindled memories of the Super Bowl 50.
But it was another 50 that would haunt the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night – miss by kicker Graham Gano 50-yard field attempt goal that fluttered wide left and preserve the victory 21-20 to the Broncos in the first NFL Opener blow before a roaring, a crowd dressed orange in the field sports body.
Again, as was the case seven months ago, and it was the defense of Denver it punish closed in on Carolina Cam Newton,
the most valuable player in last season’s NFL that two of the decline recorded in the first half, but he was relentlessly under siege in the second. And I was sacked three times and hit several more.
On the other side was a second-year Broncos center Trevor Siemian, who had never taken early in the game of the regular season.
He looked calm and composed, completing 18 of 26 passes for 178 yards, including a 25-yard drop to C.J. Anderson of the screen pass in the fourth quarter early.
Broncos rallied from 17-7 halftime deficit.
Retired with Peyton Manning – spent part of Thursday night in the BBC broadcast booth – and Brock Osweiler in Houston,
Siemian won from veteran Mark Sanchez and first-round choice Paxton Lynch to demand the starting job.
Although the Siemian, a seventh round pick from last year,
and it seemed remarkably at ease, he admitted, “There are butterflies every time you play. Something’s wrong with you if you do not [get it].
But I’m just super confident in our offensive players,
a lot of vets, a lot of great leadership that I can lean on. ”
It was Anderson who scored both touchdowns Denver in the fourth quarter, and the second one-yard range,
which would give the home team a 21-17 edge.
With 4 minutes 21 seconds to play, and Gano trimmed the deficit to 21-20,
but later three and out of Denver gave the Panthers a chance to win.
Imposed Broncos strict against Newton, however, sacking him twice in three plays and put Carolina on the fourth hole and 21 of 29.
have seemed hopeless for the Panthers, especially when desperation pass fell incomplete Newton.
He gave Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. fatal error on the play, however. And he was flagged for illegal hands to the face,
giving the Panthers to the bottom of the first automatic and a new life. To a packed house, it was 76,000 hands on the front.
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