Trevor Siemian gets to celebrate his starting gig in fashion as he led the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Panthers, 21-20.
Siemian and the Broncos defied all odds as they eventually killed the curse of a home team losing in its season opener. Many thought the night would end up with a disappointment as the Broncos were coming in with new pieces on their roster. But Siemian proved he got the nerves as the starting quarterback for the defending champions.
Down 17-7 going into the third quarter, Siemian managed to find C.J. Anderson in a catch-and-run situation. Anderson carried the ball 25 yards into the end zone to give the Broncos within striking distance at 17-14.
With the clock ticking away in the fourth quarter, the Broncos made their move as Siemian again found Anderson. The 25-year-old fourth-year veteran managed to sneak behind the tackles to the end zone for another touchdown at the 9:26 mark of the game. Anderson’s performance gave the Broncos the lead at 21-17.
The Panthers could have taken the win but kicker Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal that was a fitting ending to an exciting sequel when the two teams met at Super Bowl 50. It was not the fitting finish that Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton had in mind, though.
Newton fired the Panther’s offense in the first half leading his team to a 17-7 lead at halftime. But Newton could not seem to find his finishing touch as he got a nasty sack from Broncos’ DeMarcus Ware in the third quarter.
NFL.com noted that Newton tried to regain composure with his potential winning drive with three minutes left on the game clock. It would have been a sweet revenge if Gano’s field goal made it but it was too wide to hit its mark.
Despite the loss Newton set two new NFL records namely, his two-yard touchdown scamper marked the 44th career rushing touchdown for the defending MVP, the most of any quarterback in NFL history since the NFL-AFL merger. The run also noted Newton with the most games with both passing and rushing touchdown.
It will surely be a night to remember for Siemian who threw two interceptions back in the first half. But he managed to regain his composure and led his team to a comeback after being down 10 points. Despite getting sacked by Panther’s Tre Boston, the Broncos defense held on to prevent a Super Bowl revenge in the making.
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