Broncos WR KJ Hamler ‘could have walked in’ on final play in loss to Colts

Denver Broncos receiver KJ Hamler popped his helmet in frustration after an incomplete pass that sealed the 12-9 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Hitting fourth and first from the 5-yard line in overtime, Denver opted to try and throw a field goal rather than kick it. Hamler opened wide on the incline to Russell Wilson’s right, but the QB never looked his way, eventually forcing Courtland Sutton into a throw at Stephon Gilmore that went incomplete.

“I could have gone in,” said a frustrated Hamler NFL Network’s James Palmer after the game.

“We got on the field quickly (in overtime),” Hamler said of the Denver Post. “We’re getting into the red zone, that ‘golden zone’, we just have to learn how to keep pushing and how to finish. We can’t keep emerging empty down there. … We’re capable of 40 points (a game), especially with the quarterback that we have.”

The Broncos have not scored 40 points in any competition. They have just 64 total points over five games, with four inclines below the 20-point mark.

First, the Broncos, who had run well on the drive, would have faced a three-point lead in the fourth quarter before the two-minute caution and with a third and a fourth, hammering the rock and at least kicking a field goal to put a six up . Considering the defense had knocked out Matt Ryan and the Colts all game, it could have been enough to win. Instead, Wilson forced a ball on Tyrie Cleveland, which was intercepted.

The sequence of events left Richard Sherman, Wilson’s former Seahawks teammate and current Prime Video analyst, perplexed.

“The last game you have to let the ball go,” Sherman said. “One more time. I wish I had Marshawn (Lynch) up here. One meter. You need one meter. Run the ball. Run the ball! All he has to do is run the football. Like, necessary criticism. I said enough criticism for him. But God damn it, run the damn ball!”

Everyone involved in or watching the Broncos offense is frustrated at this point.

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