Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A general view of a Denver Broncos helmet on the sidelines at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 37-28. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
#2- December 24th, 2006
In a game that would determine if the Broncos would be fighting for a playoff birth the following weekend, they got all they could handle from Carson Palmer and the Bengals. And it would also prove that some things that are certain in life do not always seem to be.
On a cold Christmas Eve in Denver, the Broncos and Bengals would square off. I am starting to see a running theme that these two teams usually meet, especially as of lately, when there is a lot on the line in regards to the playoffs.
Both of these teams were in the playoffs the previous year. And were looking to fight for a second straight appearance.
The teams slugged it out in the first half as they combine for 31 points and a three point Bengals lead at the half. The Broncos would respond though with 10 unanswered points to start the second half with Mike Bell scoring on a two yard run late in the third quarter.
With the Broncos up 24-17 late in the fourth, it appeared they were on their way to a big time win. However, Carson Palmer would not be denied as he and T.J. Houshmandzadeh would connect on a ten yard touchdown to bring the score within one.
What happened next was a dose of Mile High Magic. Attempting the extra point, Shayne Graham’s kick was no good. I remember sitting in front of the television and thinking, “what just happened?” then followed by excitement.
The Broncos would recover the onside kick to follow and they would go on to win the game 24-23.
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