Safety Brian Dawkins notched his 26th career sack and 36th career forced fumble when he strip-sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on Sunday. That play moved him into third place all-time in forced fumbles (since the statistic was tracked, starting in 1994). He also ranks third all-time among defensive backs in career sacks.
Kicker Matt Prater kicked his third game-winning field goal in overtime or as time expired on the road this season. He is the first player to accomplish that feat since Carolina’s John Kasay, who did so in 2003 — the Panthers’ Super Bowl season under Head Coach John Fox.
Sunday’s 35-32 comeback win at Minnesota marked the fifth consecutive road win for the Broncos. That ties for the second-longest road winning streak in team history. The club also won five straight on the road in 1984 and ’98.
Quarterback Tim Tebow and running back Willis McGahee rank second and third, respectively in yards per carry in the second half and overtime this season. Tebow has 51 attempts for 298 (5.84 avg.) and McGahee has carried 84 times for 488 yards (5.81 avg.) in the second half and overtime this season.
McGahee notched his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 111 yards on 20 carries (5.6 avg.) against the Vikings. He is tied with Buffalo’s Fred Jackson for the most 100-yard games in the NFL this season.
Linebacker Mario Haggan became the eighth player to lead the team in tackles in a game this season. Haggan finished with 12 tackles (7 solo), including a game-high three tackles for a loss, along with an interception returned 16 yards for a touchdown. The interception was the first of his nine-year career.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas registered a career-best 144 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions (36 yards per catch). The 36.0 average marked the fourth-highest figure in franchise history (min. 4 catches) and the highest since Steve Watson (36.4 avg.) in 1981.
Punter Britton Colquitt registered the second highest single-game net punting average (48.8 yards) in the NFL this season (min. 6 punts). Colquitt also owns the top single-game mark this season with his 51.0 net against Cincinnati in Week 2.
Colquitt has punted for a total of 3,547 yards and Prater has kicked off for 3,547 yards thus far in 2011.
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