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dragondawg
10-04-2009, 08:04 PM
By ARNIE STAPLETON
Associated Press Sports

DENVER (AP) -Champ Bailey figured the last play was his to make.

Why not? Tony Romo had been testing him all afternoon, even though he kept acing every exam.

"I welcome it. Please do. That's the only way I get a chance to make plays," said Bailey, who had eight tackles, broke up four passes and made one key interception in Denver's 17-10 win over Dallas on Sunday.

His biggest play came with a second left when he knocked away the potential tying touchdown pass from Romo to Sam Hurd on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

With the blitz coming, Romo quickly fired toward Hurd cutting across the middle. Bailey reached around and swatted the pass away with his left hand at the last second, giving the Broncos their first 4-0 start since 2003.

"Maybe they thought they could catch Champ sleeping," teammate D.J. Williams surmised. "One of the top corners in the league, my last play, I wouldn't go toward him."

Romo would. Again.

"They're good all over," Romo insisted of Denver's top-ranked defense. "I understand Champ's good. It's questionable. I think you could go either way on that call. It's a bang-bang play and the corner's always driving on the ball. If he gets to the ball early, that's part of the game. ... Those are always going to be contested throws."

The Broncos had taken the lead on Brandon Marshall's 51-yard touchdown catch from Kyle Orton with 1:46 remaining, providing some vindication for the Pro Bowl receiver whose temper tantrum during training camp earned him a nine-day suspension from coach Josh McDaniels.

By the look of their emotional embrace on the sideline after he zigzagged his way into the end zone, Marshall and McDaniels have reconciled.

On the other sideline, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, coach Wade Phillips and cornerback Terence Newman were swearing a flag should have been thrown on Marshall for offensive pass interference.

"I couldn't have played that play any better," Newman said. "I could have sworn it was going to be a penalty. He grabbed my jersey and threw me to the side. If that wasn't a hold, I don't know what is. I tried to grab him back. I figured either way, we were both going to be called for holding. But the refs didn't see it."

Marshall grabbed the ball off the top of Newman's helmet at the 25-yard line, then avoided three more tacklers on his way for the score.

Even then, Marshall was nervous.

"Going back to Pop Warner I've made a bunch of plays like that really didn't mean anything because we end up losing the game," Marshall said. "We knew their 2-minute offense is one of the best in the business."

Sure enough, Romo, ineffective in the second half when the Cowboys' first five drives ended in four punts and an interception by Bailey, found Hurd for a 53-yard gain on fourth-and-3 to the Broncos 20-yard line with a minute left.

The Cowboys reached the 2 with 9 seconds left. Romo spiked the ball on second-and-goal, then Bailey knocked away a high pass intended for Hurd before swatting away the last one that was right on the money.

"That surprised me," Broncos safety Brian Dawkins said. "Both times that surprised me. To challenge a Hall of Famer, still doing what he does? You saw what he did on that beautiful pick on the sideline. So that surprised me that they continued to go at Champ. I'm glad they did."

Bailey, who picked off a pass from Romo at his 6 in the third quarter, wasn't surprised Romo would test him one final time because the blitz was designed to coerce a quick pass to his man.

"If you want to keep testing me, putting the pressure on me, I'm with you," Bailey said.

Denver held the league's best rushing attack to just 74 yards on 25 carries, a 3-yard clip.

In the second half, Romo was 11 for 24 for 201 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

"It happens, it happens," Dallas receiver Roy Williams said. "Michael Jordan scores nine points. Tiger can't come back on the final day. It happens. It happens."

Especially when Elvis Dumervil is breathing down his neck all game.

Romo was sacked five times, twice by Dumervil, who has eight in his last three games.

Denver's defenders filed into the locker room afterward crowing about having proved the critics wrong for blasting them this offseason and then dismissing their 3-0 start against bad offenses.

"To come out and do it against a great team shows we are great," D.J. Williams proclaimed.

NOTES: Orton improved to 17-2 at home as a starter since joining the league in 2005. ... Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter sprained his left ankle after gaining 55 yards on five receptions and 37 yards on six carries. He walked out of the stadium on crutches.

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Garcia Bronco
10-04-2009, 08:06 PM
The Cowboys reached the 2 with 9 seconds left. Romo spiked the ball on second-and-goal, then Bailey knocked away a high pass intended for Hurd before swatting away the last one that was right on the money.

"That surprised me," Broncos safety Brian Dawkins said. "Both times that surprised me. To challenge a Hall of Famer, still doing what he does? You saw what he did on that beautiful pick on the sideline. So that surprised me that they continued to go at Champ. I'm glad they did."

Garcia Bronco
10-04-2009, 08:07 PM
High Praise for Champ:

"It happens, it happens," Dallas receiver Roy Williams said. "Michael Jordan scores nine points. Tiger can't come back on the final day. It happens. It happens."

Rohirrim
10-04-2009, 08:10 PM
Champ suckered him into that last throw. Romo thought Champ was out of position and couldn't make up the distance. Well, Romo, go **** yourself. :rofl:

BlaK-Argentina
10-04-2009, 08:11 PM
Champ suckered him into that last throw. Romo thought Champ was out of position and couldn't make up the distance. Well, Romo, go **** yourself. :rofl:

And people said Champ was over the hill. NOT.

Watching SD-PIT I'm laughing my ass off at the dumb ****s who said Cromartie was better than Champ when he had that season with I don't know how many gimmie picks.

Doggcow
10-04-2009, 08:13 PM
lol great article

misturanderson
10-04-2009, 08:14 PM
Good to hear that Buchalter only sprained his ankle. He is a key player. Hopefully it doesn't keep him out more than 4 weeks.

80smith
10-04-2009, 08:15 PM
NOTES: Orton improved to 17-2 at home as a starter since joining the league in 2005. ... Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter sprained his left ankle after gaining 55 yards on five receptions and 37 yards on six carries. He walked out of the stadium on crutches.
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/33169720/ns/sports-nfl/[/QUOTE]

Worst part of the game.

snowspot66
10-04-2009, 08:35 PM
Wonder how bad the sprain is. Hopefully it doesn't cost him the San Diego game. I'm comfortable with our RB depth though. It's a hell of a lot better than last year.

rubaiyat
10-04-2009, 08:57 PM
Good to hear that Buchalter only sprained his ankle. He is a key player. Hopefully it doesn't keep him out more than 4 weeks.

I guess we're going with Moreno/Jordan? I guess there was a reason we kept him around.

wolf754life
10-04-2009, 09:00 PM
NOTES: Orton improved to 17-2 at home as a starter since joining the league in 2005. ... Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter sprained his left ankle after gaining 55 yards on five receptions and 37 yards on six carries. He walked out of the stadium on crutches.
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/33169720/ns/sports-nfl/

Worst part of the game.[/QUOTE]

guys go down, you pick up for your fellow man, see knowshon moreno.

ward63
10-04-2009, 09:05 PM
Orton....17-2!!!

Karenin
10-04-2009, 09:05 PM
It's nice that McD picked up some real running backs this offseason instead of relying on scrap heap garbage like Selvin Young to carry the ball.

BroncoBuff
10-04-2009, 09:08 PM
It's a coaching mistake, not a quarterback mistake. Romo doesn't call the plays, Jason Garrett does, and he cost them the game.

It's actually VERY SIMILAR to the 2007 Bears game ... it wasn't the kickers' fault we kept kicking to Devin Hester. It was Shanahan's/Scott O'Brien's decision, and it cost us that game.


In fact, I firmly believe had Romo avoided Champ 100% today ... Cowboys probably win.

Yes I said it, Champ Bailey won this game for us ... imagine that. hmmm...

Circle Orange
10-04-2009, 09:34 PM
Running same play in champ's direction twice = stupid. :yayaya:

SouthCarolinaBronco
10-04-2009, 09:48 PM
"'They're good all over,' Romo insisted of Denver's top-ranked defense."

Hey, I don't think you can fault Romo for his comments. I think that he's absolutely right. I don't necessarily aim at Champ, but I sure as heck don't feel like the rest of the Denver D is easy pickings. I think what Romo is saying is that as good as Champ is, so is everybody else. I appreciate the hell out of that.

werdinm
10-04-2009, 09:51 PM
High Praise for Champ:

"It happens, it happens," Dallas receiver Roy Williams said. "Michael Jordan scores nine points. Tiger can't come back on the final day. It happens. It happens."

Isn't that directed towards Romo being the Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods? Still no respect for us...

epicSocialism4tw
10-04-2009, 10:20 PM
Champ is what he is...



...the only game changing corner in the business.

Garcia Bronco
10-04-2009, 10:24 PM
Isn't that directed towards Romo being the Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods? Still no respect for us...

Haha. I guess I did read that wrong. Dummy points for me.

L.A. BRONCOS FAN
10-04-2009, 10:34 PM
On the other sideline, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, coach Wade Phillips and cornerback Terence Newman were swearing a flag should have been thrown on Marshall for offensive pass interference.

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Boltjolt
10-04-2009, 10:44 PM
Austin #19 was open on both those last throws on the left and Romo threw both times at Champ to Hurd. Garret even called the same play on 4th down because he was open but Romo throws to Hurd....lol

dragondawg
10-05-2009, 12:06 AM
champ vs moss next week