Commanders Hold Off Broncos in Nail-Biter, Spearheaded by Howell’s Strong Performance

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Washington Commanders vs Denver Broncos

Washington’s cornerback, Benjamin St-Juste, remained unshaken even after Brandon Johnson captured Russell Wilson’s 50-yard, last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass via a double deflection on Sunday. The score narrowed Washington’s lead to a mere 35-33.

St-Juste conveyed that he saw another chance to secure a win, stating, “We recognized the situation and executed accordingly.” He disrupted Wilson’s 2-point conversion attempt to Courtland Sutton, a move that effectively saved Washington’s come-from-behind victory. Despite rallying from a 21-3 initial setback to achieve a 35-24 lead, Washington’s Commanders had to stave off a final Broncos charge as the clock ran out.

CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore opined that early contact by St-Juste could have warranted a penalty, but the officials, led by Brad Rogers, refrained from throwing a flag. This decision allowed the Commanders to celebrate their first 2-0 start since 2011.

For the Broncos (0-2), the loss marked the first back-to-back home defeats, adding to the woes of coach Sean Payton who recently returned from a year-long broadcasting sabbatical. Despite criticizing his predecessor, Nathaniel Hackett, for subpar coaching, Payton failed to steer the team to a win, even as they initially led by 18 points—tying for the franchise’s fourth-largest blown lead at home.

Sam Howell, Washington’s quarterback, threw for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his inaugural road game. “Our resilience was the key to our victory,” he noted, “We supported each other on both offense and defense.” Running back Brian Robinson Jr. contributed with two touchdowns, helping Washington secure their second-largest comeback in the team’s history. They had previously rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Detroit on November 4, 1990.

The game reached a high-drama conclusion with just two seconds remaining. Positioned at the 50-yard line and trailing 35-27, Wilson lobbed a pass that, after multiple deflections, was caught by Johnson for a touchdown. Despite throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns, Wilson’s two turnovers proved costly.

Jaleel McLaughlin, Marvin Mims Jr., and Brandon Johnson scored early for Denver but were largely unused in the later stages. Coach Payton explained that their limited involvement was due to a mix of defensive coverages and tactical choices.

Commanders’ coach Ron Rivera received a game ball for his 100th career NFL win, while the Broncos celebrated their Super Bowl 32-winning team during halftime. The game took a pivotal turn when safety Kareem Jackson was ejected for a dangerous tackle, resulting in a concussion for Washington’s tight end, Logan Thomas.

Upcoming fixtures see the Commanders hosting the Buffalo Bills, while the Broncos will travel to face the Miami Dolphins next Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Washington Commanders vs Denver Broncos

What was the final score between the Washington Commanders and the Denver Broncos?

The final score was 35-33 in favor of the Washington Commanders.

Who was the quarterback for the Washington Commanders?

Sam Howell was the quarterback for the Washington Commanders. He threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Was there a controversial play during the game?

Yes, there was a controversial play involving Washington’s cornerback, Benjamin St-Juste, who appeared to make early contact during a 2-point conversion attempt by the Broncos. No flag was thrown, and this helped preserve the Commanders’ win.

How did the Denver Broncos initially perform in the game?

The Broncos had a strong start, scoring touchdowns on their first three drives. They initially led by 18 points but could not maintain their advantage.

What records or milestones were achieved in this game?

The Commanders celebrated their first 2-0 start since 2011. For the Broncos, the game marked their first back-to-back home defeats. Coach Ron Rivera of the Commanders also celebrated his 100th career NFL win.

Were there any notable injuries during the game?

Yes, Logan Thomas, the tight end for the Washington Commanders, suffered a concussion and did not return to the game. Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell of the Broncos also sustained an undisclosed injury.

What did CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore say about the controversial play?

Gene Steratore opined that the early contact made by Benjamin St-Juste during the 2-point conversion attempt could have warranted a penalty flag. However, no flag was thrown by the officials.

What are the next fixtures for both teams?

The Washington Commanders will host the Buffalo Bills in their next game, while the Denver Broncos will visit the Miami Dolphins.

Who were the early scorers for the Denver Broncos?

Jaleel McLaughlin, Marvin Mims Jr., and Brandon Johnson were the early scorers for the Denver Broncos.

What was the turning point of the game?

The game took a significant turn when safety Kareem Jackson was ejected for launching himself at Logan Thomas, Washington’s tight end, causing a concussion. This led to a change in momentum favoring the Commanders.

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