Today, Broncos TV takes a look at the top five special teams plays of the season.
5: Irving’s Blocked Punt
Up just 10-7 in the rematch with the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Nate Irving followed a third-down sack by Von Miller with a big play of his own. He blocked Mike Scifres’ punt, giving Denver the ball at the San Diego 31-yard line. It took Peyton Manning just one play to find Brandon Stokley for a touchdown and a 17-7 halftime lead.
4: Bruton’s Punt Deflection
The second of the Broncos’ third-quarter touchdowns against Oakland was set up on special teams by safety David Bruton, who got a hand on a Shane Lechler punt, causing it to travel only 2 yards. The Broncos to start their ensuing drive in Oakland’s red zone, and running back Willis McGahee found the end zone en route to a rout.
3: Trindon Holliday Swings Momentum in Carolina
With the Panthers and Broncos tied at 7-7, Holliday took matters into his own hands. He raced 76 yards down the sideline on a punt return for a touchdown — his second return score in as many weeks. After Holliday’s touchdown return, Denver outscored Carolina 22-7 the rest of the way.
2: Holliday’s Quick Impact
In his first game returning kicks as a Bronco, Holliday took advantage. He took the second-half opening kickoff back 105 yards for Denver’s first kickoff return touchdown since the 2010 season. That gave Denver a 17-3 lead and helped the club dispatch the Bengals.
1: Holliday Makes History
In the Broncos’ Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens, Holliday returned the first punt he touched for the longest punt return touchdown in NFL playoff history. He followed that up with what was the longest kickoff return touchdown in NFL playoff history in one of the best special teams playoff performances in franchise — and league — history.
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