Miller’s sack-strip leads Broncos past Colts 34-20

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— Final Score —

Indianapolis 20
Denver 34

— Story —

DENVER (AP) Von Miller gave the Denver fans a reminder of his Super
Bowl 50 MVP performance, sweeping in for the sack-strip of Andrew
Luck that sealed the Broncos’ 34-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts
on Sunday.

With the Broncos clinging to a six-point lead with 1:51 remaining,
Miller burst past right tackle Joe Reitz and swiped the ball from
Luck’s grasp. Fellow linebacker Shane Ray scooped up the ball and
returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.

Miller added a sack on the last play as the Broncos (2-0) sent the
banged-up Colts limping to their third consecutive 0-2 start.

They did it by rattling Luck, who started 5 for 18 before he
engineered a couple of second-half touchdown drives. Luck completed
just 21 of 40 passes for 197 yards and was sacked five times.

Trevor Siemian outshone Luck, just as he did Cam Newton in the
opener. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards.

Cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception 46 yards for a
touchdown early in the fourth quarter, giving Denver a 23-13 lead.

Talib stepped in front of wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to snag
Luck’s pass, which he returned through traffic down Denver’s
jubilant sideline. His ninth career pick-6 was his fifth for
Denver, a franchise record.

Luck threw a 7-yard TD pass to Frank Gore with 4:02 remaining,
pulling the Colts to 23-20. The drive was kept alive by safety
Darian Stewart’s roughing penalty for smacking the quarterback in
the helmet as he slid for the first down on a third-and-1 scramble
at his own 30.

Stewart was fined $18,231 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Newton in
the opener and can expect another fine this week.

D’Qwell Jackson stuffed C.J. Anderson on third-and-1 from the Colts
17 and Brandon McManus’s 35-yard field goal made it 26-20 with 1:51
left.

After a touchdown, Luck lined up and took the snap.

In a split-second, the ball was on the ground, and Luck watched
helplessly as Ray scooped it up and scored.

THIN AIR: One week after Panthers punter Andy Lee had a 76-yard
kick in Denver’s mile-high air, Pat McAfee had a 72-yarder for the
Colts that was nearly blocked but ended up bouncing into the north
end zone for a touchback.

HONORING GREATS: The Broncos unveiled signs in the south end zone
before the game honoring the players with retired numbers: Hall of
Famers John Elway (7) and Floyd Little (44) and the No. 18 for
Frank Tripucka, the first QB in franchise history. Tripucka’s sign
included a mention of Peyton Manning . Tripucka, who played from
1960-63, gave his blessing for Manning to wear the number when he
was with the Broncos from 2012-15.

INJURY UPDATE:

Colts: CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder) got hurt when he smacked
into Emmanuel Sanders on the game’s second snap, but returned in
the second quarter. WR Donte Moncrief left in the second quarter
with a head and neck injury. CB Rashaan Melvin left in the third
quarter with cramps. RG Denzelle Good left in the fourth quarter
with a back injury. Indianapolis began the day without three
starters from their secondary in cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle)
and Patrick Robinson (concussion) and safety T.J. Green (knee).

Broncos: RT Donald Stephenson went out in the first quarter with a
calf injury and was replaced by Darrion Weems. OLB DeMarcus Ware
injured his right elbow in the third quarter and didn’t return. He
shared a sack with Derek Wolfe.

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