The Washington Commanders brought the game back to within one score before the half, and continued that momentum into the 2nd half. The Broncos got the ball first, but were completely shut down by a dominant Daron Payne. The Commanders responded with some big runs from Brian Robinson and Sam Howell. Then Howell hit Terry McLaurin for a beautiful touchdown that was easily Washington’s play of the year.
Emmanuel Forbes got his first interception of the season, after Russell Wilson tried to give it to Darrick Forrest a few plays before. Washington didn’t get a score from that turnover. Ron Rivera made a questionable decision to have Joey Slye attempt a 59-yard field goal that he missed wide right.
Chase Young got his first sack since 2021 on Russell Wilson. Washington held the Broncos to a FG, and then got the ball back for another drive. Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson had some huge plays on the Commanders next drive, and it ended with a Robinson TD. Washington got the ball back, and used that same formula, with Robinson getting his second TD of the game.
Washington’s defense picked up again, with Montez Sweat getting his first sack of the game. He split his next sack with Chase Young as they met at the QB. The Broncos had one final drive to attempt to score 8 points. Russell Wilson threw up the Hail Mary, and it was brought down by WR Brandon Johnson. Denver’s attempt at a game-tying 2-point conversion failed, and Washington got the 35-33 win.
Daron Payne’s drive:
Nick Gates false start:
3rd penalty on the offensive line.— Jordan (@wshingtontoday) September 17, 2023
Big Sam Howell run:
Two big plays by Sam Howell to tie it up early in the second half. pic.twitter.com/TPJbSZvN9p— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 17, 2023
Crazy legs Howell. Nice weaving 11-yard run for the first.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 17, 2023
Big Brian Robinson run:
TERRY MCLAURIN TD!:
Fantastic angle on this throw.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) September 17, 2023
The fact that Howell threw it off-balance is nuts. pic.twitter.com/NqRypxddUZ
Darrick Forrest drops a pick:
Darrick Forrest had a pick drop right through his hands. Second down coming up— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 17, 2023
Chase Young pressure:
Chase Young just had a bigg pressure on an inside move that led to the should have been INT by the #Commanders— Chris Russell AKA the ! (@Russellmania621) September 17, 2023
Chase Young has been extremely noticeable as this game has gone on. Doesn't have a lot to show for it on stat sheet but he's been a handful for Broncos.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
Had a great rush on the Wilson near INT that Forrest dropped. Has his guy on skates.
Emmanuel Forbes’ first INT:
INTERCEPTION— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) September 17, 2023
The rookie Emmanuel Forbes Jr with the pick and it's the Commanders ball.
However, the ball was fumbled/juggled after the pick. Refs call is INT. Under review.#HTTC pic.twitter.com/RWzh7Bnk9R
Commanders sending Joey Slye for a 59-yard field goal, but his attempt is wide right— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 17, 2023
I really hope the Commanders' defense can bail Rivera out but I need to reiterate how much I hated that decision.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
Wilson has looked lost. Your defense is on a heater. You have the best punter in football. Make them go 90 yards. Why give them the ball 15 yards from a FG?
Chase Young’s first sack:
DE Chase Young has recorded his first full sack since Oct. 10, 2021 vs. New Orleans.— Washington Commanders PR (@Wash_PR) September 17, 2023
Broncos take back the lead with a 31-yard field goal from Lutz. The scoring drive: nine plays, 38 yards. Denver now leads, 24-21— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 17, 2023
Another big Brian Robinson run:
Antonio Gibson screen:
Nick Gates had an excellent rat killer block on this screen https://t.co/A1ey8JetQY— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 17, 2023
Brian Robinson TD:
Daron Payne shuts it down again:
Daron Payne is freakish.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 17, 2023
Broncos punting. Wilson heavily pressured on third down— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 17, 2023
Sam Cosmi injury:
Cosmi walks off on his own. Stromberg in at RG— John Keim (@john_keim) September 17, 2023
Fabian Moreau penalty:
Oh my. Fabian Moreau is called for a hold and it gives Washington a first down after the Broncos made a stop on third down with another sack. Wouldn't have happened with Jimmy Moreland.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 17, 2023
Washington now has nine players with at least two receptions, the most in a single game in franchise history.— Washington Commanders PR (@Wash_PR) September 17, 2023
Brian Robinson screen:
Brian Robinson TD:
Chase Young roughing the passer:
Killer roughing call on Chase Young for a late shove on Russell Wilson. Commanders have an 11-point lead and 3:37 to play.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
Awful time to give DEN a new set of downs just outside the 10.
Daron Payne injury:
Daron Payne limped off the field with trainers. Grabbed his left ankle as he got to the sideline.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 17, 2023
Montez Sweat sack:
Montez Sweat's first sack of the game gives him 2.5 on the season.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
More importantly the Broncos are now facing goal to go from the 8 yard-line.
Chase Young/Montez Sweat sack:
Montez Sweat and Chase Young split a sack of Russell Wilson. They both 1.5 sacks today.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
Chase Young drove Garrett Boles into Wilson's lap. My god man. He looks back. Big back.
Big play by Kam Curl. Traveled a lot of ground, tackled Russell Wilson in bounds and burned about 10 seconds of clock.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) September 17, 2023
Hail Mary TD:
That's the second time that Sean Payton's teams have completed a Hail Mary against Washington. They did it in 2021 as well.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 17, 2023
No flag on the 2-point conversion:
I cannot believe there wasn't a flag on Benjamin St. Juste on the 2-point try.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 17, 2023
Got away with a PI. The Commanders will take it. Winner, winner chicken dinner.