The Denver Broncos got back on the winning track in Week 16 by beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football 20-17. The game went to overtime, but the Broncos have more regular-season wins in overtime (28) than any other team in NFL history. This season alone, they have won three games in overtime.
In addition to getting it done in games that go into an extra quarter, the Broncos have also shown an ability to win after falling behind big. They have three victories this season where they’ve climbed back from a deficit of 14 or more points. That number of wins leads the NFL in that scenario.
The Broncos went into halftime with a 14-3 deficit, and their offense wasn’t working well. Even their world-class defense was struggling to slow down the Bengals offense.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak noted that the locker room was not emotional at halftime.
“No, actually if anything it was just the opposite," he said. "I told them I believed in them and I told them we're fixing to go play a great second half and I had confidence in them. We hadn't done a lot right up to that point, but we're fixing to go do a lot of things right. That was my message after the game. It was one hell of a second half of football.”
Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Broncos' win over the Bengals.