Facing a 4th-and-1 from the Indianapolis Colts five-yard line in overtime on Thursday evening, the Denver Broncos decided to go for it instead of attempting a game-tying field goal. Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to put the ball in the hands of QB Russell Wilson instead of calling a running play. Wilson locked on to WR Courtland Sutton and threw a pass into coverage that was broken up.
The pass fell incomplete and WR KJ Hamler was seen slamming his helmet on the ground in anger after the play. Hamler had good reason to be upset as he was wide open, but Wilson completely missed him with the game on the line. “I could have walked in,” Hamler said after the game.
Hamler told James Palmer of the NFL Network that he wasn’t the only Broncos receiver who was open on the play, and that he has no answer for why the Broncos keep missing golden opportunities in the red zone.
High priced and overrated QB Russell Wilson was very ineffective for the fifth straight game. Wilson ended the night with 274 passing yards on just 21-of-39 completions. He was not able to pass for even a single touchdown and got intercepted twice, one of which was by Stephon Gilmore.
KJ Hamler, angry to have been ignored after getting wide open on a short 4th and 1 call in Denver. Photo courtsey of Marca.com