Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders appeared to have caught a 38-yard pass from Peyton Manning in the final 15 seconds of a tie game Sunday.
Then, Sanders made what could have been one of the dumbest decisions ever — or one of the smartest.
Sanders had gone to the ground to pull in the high-arching pass along the sideline. He got up and jogged the final 19 yards to the end zone, thinking he hadn’t been touched and that the play was live.
Meanwhile, the clock was ticking and the Broncos were out of timeouts. The rest of the Broncos were sprinting to what they thought was the new line of scrimmage in hopes of spiking the ball for a field goal try. Time expired while Sanders rolled around in the end zone.
It looked like there would be overtime, except there was an automatic replay review. It appeared there were two outcomes, either regulation over if Sanders was touched down by Tramon Williams or a touchdown.
Instead, the replay review concluded the pass was incomplete.
The Broncos punted, and the teams went to overtime. Sanders briefly went to the locker room with the team’s medical staff but was back on the field by the time overtime began.