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Buffs In The NFL: Bannan Helps Broncos Make History
Release: October 17, 2012
By: Anthony Lepine, Student Assistant SID
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On Monday night, history was made in Denver's thrilling comeback win against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos fell behind 24-0 at halftime before surging back to secure a 35-24 victory over their division rival.

Former University of Colorado defensive tackle Justin Bannan, and the Broncos defense, needed to step up in the second half, and they did - and then some. The defense surrendered zero points and forced five turnovers in the improbable half.

Two of the turnovers went for touchdowns as cornerback Tony Carter returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a score, which got the team within 10 points and truly started the comeback. Then, the comeback was complete when fellow cornerback Chris Harris returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown, resulting in the game's final score.

Bannan was crucial in the fiery second-half performance, leading the Broncos defense with seven tackles, six of which were unassisted. It was the most tackles Bannan has recorded in a game this season, and the performance boosted his total tackles to 22 on the year, which ranks sixth on the team.

Peyton Manning led three scoring drives, throwing three touchdown passes. Manning told ESPN after the game that the, "Offense and defense really did it together there in the second half."

In the history of Monday Night Football, a team has never come back from a larger halftime deficit than the Broncos did against the Chargers. Denver head coach John Fox said, "Tonight's second half was the best second half I have ever been a part of."

Notable: On Sunday, Jimmy Smith recorded a season-high seven tackles and recorded a pass deflection as Baltimore held on to defeat Dallas 31-29...  Also in the Cowboys-Ravens game, Lawrence Vickers had his second reception of the season for Dallas, gaining 11 yards... Ryan Miller was a part of his first NFL victory as the Cleveland Browns defeated Cincinnati 34-24, improving their record to 1-5 on the season... Brad Jones recorded his first two tackles on the season (56 career tackles) as Green Bay routed Houston 42-24.

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