1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2009
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI -- Brandon Stokley caught the deflected pass, turned and looked upfield. Nobody stood between him and the end zone.Unbelievable!
Brandon Marshall was the most targeted receiver last season, and that was no different in Sunday's game where he was targeted seven times -- most of any Bronco. However, he caught the ball just four times for 27 yards. Ironically, the winning TD came on a pass originally targeted for Marshall.
>> 87-yd TD pass caught by Brandon Stokley was targeted to Marshall
• Brandon Stokley's 87-yard touchdown reception with 11 seconds remaining gave Josh McDaniels a miraculous first win as Denver's head coach.
• Kyle Orton completed 17 of 28 passes for 243 yards and the Stokley score.
• Carson Palmer was 21-for-33 for 247 yards with two interceptions.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Orton had stitches removed from his index finger after the game and hopes to be able to play next week without wearing a glove. He finished 17 for 28 for 243 yards. ... Marshall, who was suspended during training camp for grousing about not getting traded, had a team-high seven catches for 27 yards. He dropped the first ball thrown to him. ... Broncos coaches are 9-0 in their regular season debuts, not counting interim coaches. ... Palmer, who missed the last three preseason games with a sprained left ankle, was 21 of 33 for 247 yards. ... A bad snap botched a Bengals field goal attempt. ... Cincinnati ran the wildcat on 4th-and-2 to keep a drive going. ... The crowd of 62,831 was roughly 3,000 less than capacity.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-1||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||0:04||Matt Prater 48 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yds, 1:48
|FG||0:19||Matt Prater 50 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 34 yds, 2:15
|TD||0:41||Cedric Benson 1 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 91 yds, 5:43
|TD||0:28||Brandon Stokley 87 Yard Pass From Kyle Orton (Kyle Orton Pass to Brandon Marshall For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 87 yds, 0:27