KJ Hamler was wide open on Broncos’ final play vs. Colts

Russell Wilson was locked in on Courtland Sutton, but KJ Hamler was wide open.

Facing a 4th-and-1 from the Indianapolis Colts’ five-yard line in overtime on Thursday evening, the Denver Broncos decided to go for it instead of attempting a game-tying field goal.

Needing just one yard, Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to put the ball in the hands of quarterback Russell Wilson instead of calling a running play. Wilson locked on to wide receiver Courtland Sutton — his favorite target — and threw a pass into coverage that was broken up.

Denver lost 12-9 after the pass fell incomplete and wide receiver KJ Hamler was seen slamming his helmet on the ground in anger after the play.

Hamler had good reason to be upset as he was wide open but Wilson completely missed him with the game on the line.

“I could have walked in,” Hamler said after the game.

In addition to that poor decision on the final play of the game, Wilson also threw two interceptions on Thursday. It was a night to forget for Denver’s quarterback and the team’s entire offense.

The Broncos will now have 11 days until their next game, a Monday Night Football showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers on the road in Week 6.

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5 takeaways from Colts’ 12-9 win over Broncos

Takeaways from the Colts’ win over the Broncos in Week 5.

Boring. Slugfest. Incompetent offenses.

Just a few things that come to mind that came from the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Both offenses displayed bad football throughout the night and the box score shows it when neither team found their way into the endzone.

The defenses certainly did their part. Creating turnovers and getting after the quarterback often. Just when the Broncos looked like they were going to walk away with a win, there was a question pass play called when the Colts had zero timeouts and Stephon Gilmore intercepts the ball to give his team a chance to win the game.

Indianapolis marched down the field to tie it up, then went on to do the same thing with the opening drive of overtime to take the lead from Chase McLaughlin’s fourth field goal.

But it wasn’t going to be easy for Indy. Denver got off a couple of explosive plays to get the ball in the redzone and found themselves in a fourth-and-one at the five-yard line. Nathaniel Hackett elected to go for it but Gilmore ended up making a great play to get the deflection to end the game.

This was one of the ugliest wins in franchise history but the Colts now find themselves with a 2-2-1 record while having a shot at the AFC South.

Here are my five takeaways from the sloppy Thursday night game:

Studs and duds from Colts’ 12-9 win over Broncos

Studs and duds from the Colts’ 12-9 win over the Broncos in Week 5.

Despite failing to find the end zone for the entire game, the Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1) found themselves on the victorious side of a 12-9 win over the Denver Broncos (2-3) on Thursday night.

This game was sloppier than a steak at Truffoni’s when the Dangerous Nights Crew would get together.

But somehow, someway, the Colts found themselves in the win column for the second time this season despite not scoring a touchdown. The defense put on an immaculate performance while the offense continues to be the Achilles heel of the roster.

Here’s a look at the studs and duds for the Colts in Week 5:

Colts stumble into 12-9 win over Broncos in Week 5 slopfest

Colts somehow fall into 12-9 win over Broncos prime time.

The Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1) somehow defeated the Denver Broncos (2-3) on Thursday night in what will likely be the ugliest game of the 2022 season.

Perhaps the NFL told both teams they weren’t allowed to score touchdowns. Or maybe the Colts wanted to prove they had enough grit and passion for the game to come out with a win despite not finding the end zone.

Whatever the case may be, the Colts wound up on the winning side of an overtime matchup Thursday night that they had no business winning.

Here’s everything we know about the Week 5 win over the Broncos:

Richard Sherman had a fiery response to a Russell Wilson pick on a slant in the end zone

“I wish I had Marshawn up here.”

Given some of the past potential tension in their relationship, many thought that Richard Sherman would have even more to say about Russell Wilson on Thursday night. With Sherman working as a studio analyst for Amazon Prime’s broadcast of Wilson’s Broncos (-3.5) and their matchup with the Colts, the potential for Sherman to say something controversial about his former Seahawks teammate seemed high.

But, for the most part, amidst a football game of particularly awful proportions, we didn’t hear much from Sherman — at least in regards to Wilson’s play. That is until Wilson threw a late fourth-quarter pick, on a slant near the goal line, to Indianapolis’ Stephon Gilmore:

Hmm, while the stakes are certainly much lower, the general dynamic and set-up of that play — a Wilson interception on a late fourth-quarter slant — seems very familiar? (Note: The Colts would go on to win this game 12-9 in overtime.)

Oh, right, I remember this kind of famous Wilson play for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX … that also involved the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler:

Ah, but see, that’s just a happy coincidence that a similar play happened for the Wilson Broncos.

Well, it didn’t be to such a happy coincidence for Sherman, who shared his thoughts on the play quite succinctly:

Sherman even recalled his initial heartbreaking reaction to that famous Super Bowl play:

On the post-game, Sherman would say he was “triggered” and seemed upset when he didn’t appreciate that Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett didn’t do a very specific thing with the football:

Uh, moving on. Sherman would follow this emotional sequence with a reference to the Denver defense playing well and that to win a Super Bowl this year, they would need to be “historic.”

Oh wait, is Sherman referring to the Butler play and Seattle and … oh that makes so much sense.

If Sherman has more things to say about Wilson, specifically, I don’t know that this necessarily means displeasure with his former quarterback. It could simply be that Sherman is still just really, really, really heartbroken over that loss. Though, I don’t think anyone outside of this pair’s thought process will take Sherman’s reaction that way. Not even close.

Stephon Gilmore pass breakup gives Colts ugly win over Broncos

Stephon Gilmore with a pick and a pass defended to help the Colts down the Broncos

Thursday Night Football delivered one of the uglier performances in NFL history, courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

It came down to a fourth-down play in overtime. Denver trailed 12-9 and coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to go for it rather than attempt a chip-shot, game-tying field goal.

This is the same Hackett who went for a 64-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks … and lost.

This time, after each team took a timeout, Hackett did go for it and had Wilson throw a pass into the end zone.

However, the great Stephon Gilmore stuck his hand in and broke up the pass intended for Courtland Sutton in the end zone.

The Colts had a brutal 12-9 win — hey, a win is a win.

There’s plenty of heat in Denver, which is 2-3, and where people headed for the exits as overtime started.

Gilmore had an INT in the end zone in regulation to set up the Colts’ drive that tied the game at 9 on a field goal.

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Broncos fans were so frustrated they left a tied Thursday Night Football game en masse before overtime

Broncos fans left Mile High Stadium en masse before overtime vs. the Colts and were proven right to do so.

The Denver Broncos were supposed to be in the midst of a breakthrough. A defense loaded with young talent was ready to make the leap from good to great. An offense in search of a reliable quarterback since Peyton Manning’s retirement finally found its guy in Seattle Seahawks perennial Pro Bowler Russell Wilson.

This, combined with a new, offensive-minded head coach who’d led Aaron Rodgers to back-to-back MVP awards late in his career, was supposed to revitalize a franchise in the midst of a seven-year playoff drought.

Instead, Wilson has been a below average quarterback. The playmakers he was supposed to lift up have been moribund. Nathaniel Hackett, first year head coach, looks thoroughly overwhelmed on the sideline. The efforts of a potent defense are being wasted.

And the fans in Colorado have seen enough.

Those aren’t fans filing out of a blowout that’s already been decided. No, they’re leaving a tied primetime football game that’s about to head into overtime. It was only about 9:30 p.m. in the Mountain Time Zone, too.

What caused this exodus? It could be Denver’s staunch refusal to find the end zone. No team in the league had scored touchdowns after breaching an opponent’s 20-yard line less often than the Broncos’ 30 percent.

These woes continued Thursday night when three drives into the red zone in regulation resulted in a field goal, blocked field goal and with a chance to seal the game late in the fourth quarter, this Wilson interception:

That gave Indianapolis the chance to send the game to overtime with a game-tying field goal. So what did the fans who bolted for the exits with seconds left in a tie game miss? Only more misery, this time via a fourth-and-one turnover on downs from, you guessed it, inside the red zone.

Well surely Wilson made the best read he could have and was simply outplayed by a superior–


This game was awful and the fans who chose to leave early were proven right. Fortunately for us, the Broncos and Russ Wilson will be back in primetime for Monday Night Football in Week 6 and then, football gods willing, never again.

Broncos lose to Colts 12-9 in ugly field goal fest

The Broncos are now 2-3 going into a ‘Monday Night Football’ showdown with the Chargers in Week 6.

The Denver Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts at home in an ugly Thursday Night Football showdown in Week 5.

Denver’s offense looked sharp early with a 10-play opening drive as quarterback Russell Wilson marched the team downfield, but the Broncos stalled in the red zone yet again and settled for a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

That stalled drive signaled the start of an underwhelming night for the offense. Wilson led just one more field goal drive in the first half as Denver took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Colts added a field goal in the third quarter and after having a field goal attempt blocked, the Broncos later added a field goal of their own to take a 9-6 lead late in the third quarter. Indianapolis later converted a field goal late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 9-9.

In overtime, the Colts scored a field goal on the opening possession, giving Denver an opportunity to match or top the score. The Broncos got down to Indy’s five-yard line and tried to convert on fourth-and-one instead of kicking a game-tying field goal. Wilson’s pass fell incomplete and Denver lost 12-9.

While the offense was extremely disappointing, Denver’s defense was excellent with six sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions courtesy of safety Caden Sterns.

The loss was costly for the Broncos as cornerback Ronald Darby and inside linebacker Josey Jewell both suffered knee injuries in the second quarter. Broncos outside linebacker Baron Browning also left in the fourth quarter with a wrist injury, and Garett Bolles was carted off the field late in the game with an apparent leg injury.

Wilson and defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones were also evaluated for possible head injuries in the fourth quarter. Both players were cleared to return and finished the game.

Up next for the Broncos is an 11-day break before a Monday Night Football showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers on the road in Week 6.

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Wade Phillips tweet perfectly sums up lame Colts-Broncos game

Wade Phillips nailed how bad Colts-Broncos was on Thursday

The Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos were giving a new definition to the meaning of dreary on Thursday Night Football.

Leave it to someone, ex-NFL head coach Wade Phillips, who has seen just about every kind of football game, to sum up how lousy this contest was.


Phillips is an XFL head coach so he may see plenty more bad football in 2023. He has Cowboys connections, as does Ben DiNucci, who offered commentary on Twitter.

Colts’ Kwity Paye carted off with injury vs. Broncos

Kwity Paye was carted off the field with an injury.

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye was carted off with an apparent leg injury Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

On a play where Rodney Thomas II recorded his first career interception, Paye’s ankle or leg was stepped on as he was getting blocked. He immediately went to the ground grabbing his leg and had to be carted off the field.

Paye has been a bright spot for the Colts defense as he’s been enjoying the start of a breakout season in his second campaign so hopefully he won’t be out long.

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