Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Broncos' Eric Decker Leapfrogs Lance Ball After TD

The Green Bay Packers may have the made the Lambeau Leap the most-widely imitated post-touchdown jump in the NFL, but now comes its little brother-- the Mile High Leapfrog.

Eric Decker's hop over Lance Ball, who caught a TD pass from Kyle Orton, was ultimately in vain, as the late score couldn't help the Denver Broncos vault over the Oakland Raiders in the second game of Monday night's doubleheader.


With 3:43 left in the game, and a driving storm and a sea of orange calling for Tim Tebow raining down on Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium,  Orton completed a pass to Ball who hurdled a Raiders player at the two yard-line and rolled in for the touchdown.  It capped off an 80 yard drive.  The extra point brought Denver to within three points of Oakland despite an error-turnover-penalty-filled Bronco performance.

More importantly for Orton, the Broncos quarterback wouldn't have to worry about the popular Tebow hopping over him for the starting job-- at least for another week.

Denver could not stop Oakland after the kickoff and the Raiders held on for the 23-20 win in the scuffle-filled game.  The difference was Sebastian Janikowski's record-tying 63-yard field goal to close out the first half.

Janikowski, who's most famous long kick before tonight was a comical 76-yard miss in 2008, joined Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey in the record books

The victory snapped Oakland's streak of losing the previous eight straight season openers.

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