Nine seconds left on the clock. Everything was set for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to avenge their only and most painful last season defeat. The one that seven months ago spoiled their entire season. Taking away the so wanted Super Bowl 50 trophy and giving it to Denver.
This time, the responsibility lied on kicker Graham Gano, who hit the right post and scored a 50-yard field goal just a split second after Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, strategically called a timeout. Nonetheless, when the game was back on Gano failed on scoring the field goal, as the ball went wide left, giving Denver the victory 21-20 and their first season win.
In the beginning, it seemed it was going to be Panthers night; even major books all over had Carolina favorite -3. Cam Newton took a beating but showed he is ready for the season, throwing for 194 yards. Nonetheless, rookie Trevor Siemian had different plans for the evening. He threw for 178 yards and his first touchdown pass of his career, a 25-yard catch-and-run pass to C.J. Anderson.
Entering the fourth quarter, The Broncos were down 17-7, but with Anderson’s touchdowns, Denver was able to turn things around. Approximately 10 minutes later, Gano made a field goal for the 21-20 score, but he wasn’t able to score his last attempt and Denver took the victory.
Thursday’s match was the first Super Bowl rematch scheduled for the first game of the regular season since 1970, and it was Denver’s fifth straight season opener victory. It was a great match to start the 2016 NFL season and an excellent taste of what Week 1 will bring.
Here is the complete Week 1 schedule and lines, so you don’t miss any action and can be on top of any last minute spread changes. Enjoy the games!
Sunday, September 11
- Green Bay at Jacksonville 11:00 AM – FOX / Packers (-6)
- Buffalo at Baltimore 11:00 AM – CBS / Ravens (-3)
- Chicago at Houston 11:00 AM – FOX / Texans (-6.5)
- Cleveland at Philadelphia 11:00 AM – CBS / Eagles (-4)
- Tampa Bay at Atlanta 11:00 AM – FOX / Falcons (-3)
- Minnesota at Tennessee 11:00 AM – FOX / Vikings (-2)
- Cincinnati at New York 11:00 AM – CBS / Bengals (-3)
- Oakland at New Orleans 11:00 AM – FOX / Saints (-1)
- San Diego at Kansas City 11:00 AM – CBS / Chiefs (-7)
- Miami at Seattle 2:05 PM – CBS / Seahawks (-10)
- Detroit at Indianapolis 2:25 PM – FOX / Colts (-4)
- New York at Dallas 2:25 PM – FOX / Giants (-1)
- New England at Arizona 6:30 PM – NBC / Cardinals (-6)
Monday, September 12
- Pittsburgh at Washington 5:10 PM – ESPN / Steelers (-3)
- Los Angeles San Francisco 8:20 PM – ESPN / Rams (-3)