Al Wilson looked as though he turned into a lobbyist after pressure forced Marc Bulger into a second-and-goal incompletion with 35 seconds left in the first quarter, and if he did argue for intentional grounding, it worked, rocring the Rams into third-and-goal from the 15 as opposed to third-and-goal from the 2-yard-line.
Jeff Wilkins then drilled a 34-yard field goal … or so it seemed.
“Wilkins now has 1,001 points,” longtime Rams public-relations guru Rick Smith intoned over the press-box public address system after the kicker drilled a 34-yarder.
A holding penalty took care of that, and the Broncos gladly accepted.
“Scratch that,” Smith said.
A moment later, Wilkins’ 44-yard try slammed off the right upright.
Two goal-to-go situations against the Broncos defense, three points allowed. The Rams’ second drive covered minus-22 yards in four plays.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they quickly gave away their reprieve when Tatum Bell fumbled one play later, giving the football back to the Rams at the Denver 35.