The 8 Best Highlights of the Denver Broncos' 2012 Season So Far
The Denver Broncos ride thus far in 2012 has been an amazing story to watch unfold.
After 15 weeks of the season, the Broncos have clinched the AFC West and are now in control of their playoff seeding moving forward. Having not lost a game since October, Denver is playing well on both sides of the ball.
With only two games left in the regular season, let's take a look at some of the best highlights these history-making Broncos have given us so far in 2012.
Demaryius Thomas 29-Yard Touchdown Reception, Week 6
Entering the Monday night matchup in Week 6 between AFC West rivals Denver and San Diego, the Broncos were one game behind the Chargers with a 2-3 record.
After a rocky start to 2012 for the Broncos, this game was certainly crucial to the season and a major turning point for this Denver team. The way the game started, it appeared that San Diego had the Broncos' number and would control the AFC West.
Heading in to the half, Denver was down 24-0, being outperformed on both sides of the ball by the Chargers. Something magical happened in the Broncos locker room at the half that sparked not only one of the most amazing comebacks in NFL history, but also the Broncos' current nine-game winning streak.
On the opening drive of the second half, Peyton Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 29-yard touchdown starting a shift in momentum that eventually led to a 35-24 victory for the Broncos.
Von Miller's Superman Sack Dance, Week 10
The Broncos' defense sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seven times during their meeting on November 11th.
During the second series, sophomore linebacker standout Von Miller, who was drafted one spot behind Newton, sacked the Panthers' signal caller and celebrated by imitating Newton's Superman routine.
Trindon Holliday's Record-Breaking 105-Yard Kickoff Return, Week 9
The acquisition of returner Trindon Holliday off waivers in October has proven to be a very sound investment for this Bronco team.
In Denver's ninth-week matchup versus the Bengals, just three weeks after becoming a Bronco, Holliday took a kickoff return 105 yards to the house for a touchdown to start the second half.
Holliday's touchdown run was the longest kickoff return in Denver Bronco franchise history, and therefore, it deserves a spot in the season's highlights.
Worth mentioning is that Holliday is currently undefeated on the season, as he won the first five weeks of 2012 as a Houston Texan, and the Broncos have not lost a game while he has been wearing the orange and blue.
Von Miller's Safety Dance, Week 10
Even though it was Von Miller's teammate Mike Adams that is credited with tackling Cam Newton in the end zone for a safety in Week 10, Miller celebrated like only he can.
Channeling Men Without Hats, Miller performed his version of the safety dance, pouring salt in the wounds of the already-depleted Panthers.
Denver went on to win 36-14 in a rout, and Peyton Manning tied former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in both career passing touchdowns, with 420, and career wins with 147.
Mitch Unrein's Touchdown, Week 13
In the first offensive series against Tampa Bay in Week 13, Mitch Unrein became the first defensive lineman in Broncos history to score an offensive touchdown.
It was 1st-and-goal on the Buccaneers 1-yard line when defensive tackle Unrein got the call to go in at fullback. The Bucs were caught off guard, and Peyton Manning connected with the second-year tackle from Wyoming for a touchdown.
The Broncos pulled the ol' lineup switcheroo and it paid off nicely, putting points on the board for Denver and setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Von Miller's First Career Touchdown, Week 13
Mitch Unrein made another key play in that same game against the Buccaneers in Week 13.
Unrein got a hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman, causing him to make a horrible throw. The ball wound up in Von Miller's hands and eventually in the end zone for the first touchdown of Miller's career.
This play put the game away for Denver and was a catalyst for the eventual victory, clinching the AFC West for the Broncos this season.
Chris Harris Goal-Line Interception, Week 15
Week 15 against the Ravens was a game that many had circled on their calendars as a key matchup in the Broncos' run for the playoffs.
Late in the first half, Denver had a 10-0 lead over Baltimore. The Ravens were threatening to score when Chris Harris stepped right in front of Anquan Boldin, intercepted a Joe Flacco pass and sprinted down the sideline for a momentum-changing touchdown.
Harris' pick-six was the the longest regular season interception return in Denver's franchise history, and it changed the game from a close one to, not so much.
Knowshon Moreno Hurdles Ed Reed, Week 15
While this Knowshon Moreno run was not a game changer, it made the list due to its pure awesomeness.
Moreno has done quite well since taking over the feature back role for the injured Willis McGahee. He has been averaging 27 touches per game and has strung together two straight weeks with over 100 yards rushing.
His acrobatic move over Ed Reed is something that Moreno has done in the past in both college and high school. It looks like he has begun to return to form and may finally be proving himself to be an NFL-quality back.