Broncos lose to Cardinals 22-20 in last preseason game; 22 players must be cut by Saturday

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Andre Caldwell of the Broncos celebrates his 78-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER — The 2015 preseason ended for the Denver Broncos with a 22-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday night. Now, everything counts.

First up for the Broncos: The Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority on Sept. 13. But before that, the team has to cut 22 players by Saturday afternoon.

Peyton Manning didn’t play in the preseason finale, but backup Brock Osweiller threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Bubba Caldwell on the first play of the game. Osweiler completed 7 of 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos defense had some shining moments. First-round draft choice Shane Ray got a sack when he stripped the ball for a turnover.

The Broncos had three sacks and finished with 19 in the preseason.

The Broncos led 13-10 at halftime but trailed 16-13 after three quarters. Third-string quarterback Trevor Simien threw a touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler  to give the Broncos the lead.

But the Cardinals’ Logan Thomas hooked up with J.J. Nelson on a 59-yard touchdown for the winning points.

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt at the end of the game as Arizona held on to win.


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