NEW ORLEANS -- The Broncos took down the New Orleans Saints , 25-23, in a thrilling finish Sunday.
The Saints tied the score, 23-23, with 1:25 to play. But Justin Simmons leaped to block the extra-point attempt by Will Lutz. Will Parks of the Broncos grabbed the ball and ran 75 yards for a two-point defensive extra point.
The play was reviewed as it appeared Parks stepped out of bounds, but the play stood.
The Broncos were without two of their stars on defense. Cornerback Aqib Talib missed his third consecutive game because of a lower-back issue, and defensive end Derek Wolfe fractured his elbow last week against the Oakland Raiders.
That didn't stop the Broncos from coming out strong.
The defense set the tone early by forcing the Saints to punt on the opening drive. The Broncos offense then came out rolling on their first drive of the game.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian topped off the drive with a touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor. Originally, officials ruled it an incomplete pass, but the Broncos challenged the call and it was ruled a touchdown.
It was Taylor's first career touchdown.
On the next drive, Darian Stewart intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees near the end zone to get the Broncos the ball back.
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The Broncos had the lead after the first quarter for the first time this season.
After another interception by Stewart to start the second quarter, Brandon McManus nailed a 50-yard field goal to increase the lead to 10-0.
Just as the Broncos were driving at the end of the second quarter, Siemian threw an interception and allowed the Saints to get on the board before the half with a 30-yard field goal.
After the half, the Broncos were unable to capitalize off their first drive and the Saints completed a 90-yard drive with a touchdown pass to tie it, 10-10, in the third quarter.
After the second interception by Siemian, the Saints marched down the field for another touchdown to lead, 17-10.
After a missed field goal by McManus, the Saints got the ball ball back, but Stewart got the ball from Brees for a third time. That helped set up a Demaryius Thomas touchdown to tie the game, 17-17, in the fourth quarter.
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The Broncos took back the lead with a 28-yard field goal from McManus to make it 20-17. After a fumble by the Saints, the Broncos recovered it and McManus got another field goal to make it 23-17 with 2:50 left in the game.
The ending was crazy as the Saints scored a touchdown to tie the game, 23-23, with 1:25 left, but Broncos blocked the extra point attempt and ran it back for a defensive two-point conversion to make it 25-23.
After review, the call of the field stands.
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The Broncos then recovered the onside kick to seal the win.
The Broncos improved to 7-3 but are in third place behind the Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The Broncos have a bye next week and then face the Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Nov. 27.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects Talib and Wolfe to return for the game against the Chiefs, "as long as they remain on course in their recoveries."