Gostkowski finally delivers in Titans' 16-14 win at Denver

New kicker Stephen Gostkowski have shyed away from a disastrous debut with the Tennessee Titans when he kicked a 25-yard box target with 17 seconds left for a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos

DENVER — New kicker Stephen Gostkowski have shyed away from a disastrous debut with the Tennessee Titans within the nick of time.

The Titans escaped Denver with a 16-14 victory Monday evening on Gostkowski’s 25-yard box target with 17 seconds left after he’d ignored 4 kicks, one in each and every quarter.

Gostkowski ignored 3 box objectives: broad left, broad proper and a block, and he ignored an additional level.

Gostkowski by no means ignored 3 box objectives in a sport all through his 14 seasons in New England, the place he received 3 Tremendous Bowl rings, made 4 Professional Bowls and left this offseason because the Patriots’ all-time main scorer.

On Thursday he joined the Titans, who had the worst box target unit within the NFL ultimate 12 months when their first 4 kickers blended to glue on most effective 44.four% of box objectives (eight for 18).

Despite the fact that the overall outcome was once to his liking, unquestionably his debut wasn’t.

The ultimate Titans/Oilers kicker to pass over 3 box objectives and an additional level in a sport was once Skip Butler towards the Jets within the 1977 season opener. And Gostkowski become the primary kicker to pass over 3 box objectives and a PAT in the similar sport since Mason Crosby ignored 4 box objectives and a PAT for the Packers towards the Lions in 2018.

Gostkowski, who had made 87.four% of his kicks getting into the sport, a proportion that ranked fifth-best in NFL historical past, ignored a 47-yarder within the first quarter and Shelby Harris blocked his 43-yarder simply sooner than halftime. Gostkowski’s 42-yarder within the 3rd quarter was once broad left and he ignored the PAT following Tennessee’s go-ahead landing on Jonnu Smith’s catch from Ryan Tannehill on fourth-and-1 with 13:49 ultimate.

Denver responded with a 75-yard force, with Melvin Gordon taking it in from a backyard out, and Brandon McManus’ additional level put the Broncos up 14-13 with Nine mins left.

The Broncos punted on their subsequent two possessions and the Titans made them pay with a 12-play, 83-yard, game-winning scoring force.

The groups scuffled to a 7-all tie after an eventful first part that integrated an ejection, a goal-line stand and Gostkowski’s dismal debut 4 days after signing with the Titans. The 36-year-old Gostkowski left New England with 1,775 issues over 204 video games.

Drew Lock threw a Nine-yard landing go to Noah Fant after Gostkowski’s first pass over, and the Titans tied it on Tannehill’s 1-yard strike to MyCole Pruitt after a Denver turnover.

Gordon, who signed a two-year, $16 million deal in loose company, coughed up the ball on the Denver 23 on a troublesome hit by means of protection Kevin Byard, who leads the league with 17 interceptions since 2017 however had by no means pressured a fumble. Jeffrey Simmons recovered for Tennessee.

The Broncos did not punch it in on 3 tries from the Titans 1 in the second one quarter. Lock overthrew a wide-open Nick Vannett, Gordon was once filled for no achieve and Lock’s shovel go to Jake Butt got here up a backyard in need of the target line.

Butt was once at the receiving finish of Rashaan Evans’ punch that were given the Titans linebacker ejected.

There have been no paying spectators however about 500 visitors of gamers and coaches had been within the stands as a kind of trial run for the Broncos’ subsequent house sport, towards Tom Brady and Tampa Bay in two weeks, when five,700 enthusiasts can be allowed into the 70,000-seat Empower Box at Mile Prime.

INJURIES: Titans CB Jonathan Joseph left within the first part with an arm damage however returned.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) and CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder) each went out within the first part and didn’t go back.


Over the weekend, Broncos trainer Vic Fangio stated the one approach broad receiver Courtland Sutton would play after spraining his proper AC joint in follow was once “to go probably the most primitive check there’s. … If he can do 10 leaping jacks, he can play.”

It sounds as if, he couldn’t.

However no less than the Broncos didn’t lose their ideally suited offensive participant for a longer time period 48 hours after shedding famous person linebacker Von Miller to a dislodged ankle tendon that required surgical procedure and is anticipated to sideline him all season.


The Titans covered up on the south target line and the Broncos covered up at their 30-yard line whilst Alicia Keys’ rendition of “Carry Each and every Voice and Sing” was once performed at the scoreboard above the south finish zone. The gamers retreated to the tunnels. They covered up in entrance in their benches for the “Superstar Spangled Banner,” and a few dozen gamers from each and every workforce took a knee all through the nationwide anthem.


Titans open at house towards Jacksconville on Sunday with out enthusiasts within the stands.

Broncos consult with the Steelers on Sunday with none spectators within the seats.


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