DENVER — Less than an hour after Case Keenum was sacked by Jabrill Peppers to cement a 17-16 loss to the Browns, the quarterback’s emotions remained raw.
“I’m still pretty emotional about it,” Keenum said. “That’s what I dream about, man. That’s what I want. I want the ball in my hands with a chance to go win the game. And to get that close and to not [win], that pisses me off. I know my mom’s going to be mad for using that word, but it hurts.”
With 50 seconds left, Keenum and the Broncos seemed poised to get that win. A fourth-down stop by Adam Gotsis gave Denver a chance at a game-winning drive, and the Broncos started the drive with plays of 14 yards and 8 yards to move to the Denver 35-yard line.
A few plays later — on fourth-and-2 — Keenum found running back Devontae Booker on a short route, and Booker darted for 15 yards to midfield.
In that moment, the Broncos seemed to be on track for another comeback.
It wouldn’t have been anything new for Keenum, who led game-winning drives against Seattle, Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Against Houston, he moved the team far enough for Brandon McManus to attempt a game-winning field goal attempt — though that try would fly wide right.
On Saturday, then, the Broncos seemed poised to capture more magic.