Denver Broncos: Top 10 Defense/Special Teams Plays of 2016

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No. 2 – Von Miller Strip Sacks Luck, Shane Ray’s First NFL Touchdown

The last two plays I will mention were difficult to sort out because they both made such an impact in the game.

Both plays were from the same game too.

The first one was Miller strip sacking Andrew Luck and Shane Ray picking it up for a touchdown.

It was the play that ultimately put the game out of reach for the Colts.

Leading 26-20, the Broncos were looking to make one final stop. And in a play that looked eerily similar to the Cam Newton Strip Sack touchdown, (in certain ways)  Miller got to Luck and took the ball away.

While a bit further away from the end zone, the result was the same as Shane ray scooped it up and scored.

The touchdown gave the Broncos a 34-20 lead.

No. 1 – Aqib Talib’s Pick Six vs. Colts

The reason I have this play at number one was based on the situation that the game was in at the time of this play.

With the Broncos leading 16-13 early in the fourth quarter, Andrew Luck was looking to drive the Colts down the field.

However, facing a big third down, Andrew Luck looked around the field and appeared to find a wide receiver.

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But Aqib Talib jumped in front of it and intercepted Andrew Luck. After side stepping one tackle and avoiding one or two more, he was down the sideline.

His ninth pick six of his career gave the Broncos a much needed momentum swing.

Hope we can see more pick sixes from Aqib Talib in 2017.

What do you believe was the best defensive or special teams play in 2016? Let me know in the comments below.