Denver’s Fiftieth Season

Denver kicks off its 50th season of professional football as one of eight original American league teams. With Denver trailing Cincinnati 7-6 with 28 seconds to play in their season opener, Kyle Orton’s pass intended for Brandon Marshall is tipped by a Bengals defender into the hands of Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who races 62 yards down the left sideline for the game-winning score. In all, the 87-yard touchdown marked the longest game-winning touchdown from scrimmage in the final minute of the fourth quarter of a game in NFL history. Josh McDaniels earns his first victory as an NFL head coach.