And yet, perhaps the worst moment came at the end, when the Broncos finished fourth-and-1 on the Colts’ 5-yard line, 12-9 in overtime. It was the Broncos’ fourth trip to the red zone of the game, without a touchdown for it.
Faced with another fourth down choice — take the field goal or go for the win — Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett went for it. This decision blew up in his face when a Russell Wilson the pass fell incomplete thanks to the efforts of the Colts cornerback Stephen Gilmore.
Watching this play out was clearly familiar to Wilson alum Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks teammate who now works as an analyst for Amazon Prime Video.
After all, Sherman arguably lost a Super Bowl ring when the Seahawks infamously made a similar decision in Super Bowl XLIX, when they asked Wilson to attempt a pass at the New York Patriots 1-yard line. -England rather than running it with Marshawn Lynch.
As Sherman spoke about the Broncos’ decision after the game, it soon became clear he was saying things he had been clinging to since 2015.
Sherman’s full rant:
“On the final play, you gotta run the ball. Again. I wish I had Marshawn here. Like, 1 yard. You need a yard. Run the ball. Run the ball! [Charissa Thompson], all he has to do is run the football. Criticism needed. I’ve said enough reviews for him, but I don’t care, go for it! For example, learn from your mistakes.”
There have been some past signs of resentment towards Wilson of Sherman, but Thursday made it clear that Sherman still wasn’t over the decision that cost him a second Super Bowl ring.
This late-game ugliness matched the rest of the game, which was brutal even by Thursday night standards. Colts and Broncos combined for 15 penalties, multiple injuries including a scary concussion12 punts, 10 sacks, six fumbles (none lost), four interceptions and zero touchdowns despite six (six!) red zone outings.
Even the officials seemed out of place, as the words “timeout, San Diego” were uttered at one point and the Broncos’ longest play of the night came after a Colts defender tripped over a referee, leaving two Broncos wide receivers fighting for the ball.
At one point, Prime Video broadcaster Al Michaels said, “Sometimes a game can be so bad it’s almost good. You know what I mean?” Response from his partner Kirk Herbstreit: “No”.
Pretty much the only source of joy in this game was the fact that Amazon paid a monstrous sum to stream it. Here’s a sample of how he was received, starting with Matt Flynn, quarterback Wilson beaten as a rookie in Seattle, taking his hit:
What a game. Never talk about it again.