Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth (1) celebrates with long snapper Aaron Brewer (46) after a field goal in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier in 2014, the Denver Broncos were faced with the tough decision of cutting ties with the best kicker in the NFL, Matt Prater, due to off-the-field issues. They felt that they had a more than suitable replacement in Brandon McManus. However, after struggling mightily, he was cut and the Broncos brought in form Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker, Connor Barth. He paid immediate dividends as he went 5 for 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 29-16 win that the Broncos needed to basically secure the AFC West for a 4th straight year.
Barth was one FG away from perfection in the month of December and for his efforts, he earned the honor of AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Barth was 10-of-11 in field goals for a 90.9% clip. He made all 13 extra point attempts for a total of 43 points in the four games the Broncos’ played in December. Barth recorded a second 5-for-5 performance at San Diego in Week 15. He becomes the 8th Broncos’ special teamer to earn the award since its inception in 1993. Congratulations, Connor! Now please help kick our way to a Lombardi trophy.