Top 9 biggest games of Demaryius Thomas’ career
We guess number 1. DT’s second best game comes with a melancholy note.
DENVER – There have been so many big Demaryius Thomas games – although most have been regrouped in the 2013 and 2014 seasons – that it hasn’t been easy to find his top 9.
Counting the playoffs, DT has had nine games of at least 10 catches, an incredible 36 games of at least 100 yards and 11 games of at least two touchdowns.
In memory of Demaryius, who was found unexpectedly dead Thursday night, here are the 9 best games of his 9 seasons with the Broncos:
9. Match: Super Bowl XLVIII, season 2013, lost to Seattle, 43-8, MetLife Stadium
DT: 13 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD
The only game on this list in which the Broncos have lost. It was a terrible nightmare for the Broncos, but Thomas’ 13 catches set a Super Bowl record. (Later smashed by Patriots running back James White, who had 14 catches against Atlanta in Super Bowl 51). Afterwards, Demaryius said he would rather have no captures and win the Super Bowl than a record 13 captures in a Super Bowl loss. That request almost came true two years later when he had just one catch for 8 yards in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory.
8. The Game: Nov 1, 2015, beat Green Bay, 29-10, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 8 catches, 168 yards, 0 TD
It was the last time Demaryius had received at least 125 yards in victory. This game was important for other reasons. Denver D established themselves as generational dominance by keeping Aaron Rodgers just 77 yards passing while sacking him three times. Peyton Manning threw for 340 yards – the last 300 yard game and the last regular season victory of his career. And the Broncos went to 7-0.
DT didn’t score a touchdown, but his 30-yard reception set up a first and one goal and the Broncos’ first touchdown in the first quarter and his 47-yard catch on the opening play of the second quarter set up. their second touchdown for a 14-0 lead. He later added a 24-yard reception that set up a short field goal from Brandon McManus.
7. The game: November 23, 2014, defeated Miami, 39-36, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 10 catches, 87 yards, 3 TD
Demaryius wasn’t just a big play catcher, he could use his great body to flaunt himself and play possession catcher. His touchdowns were 5, 14 and 5 yards. The Broncos were struggling in this game, down 28-17 early in the fourth quarter. Thomas’ third touchdown early in the fourth quarter started the comeback.
6. The game: on November 10, 2013, beats the Chargers, 28-20, Qualcomm Stadium
DT: 7 catches, 108 yards, 3 TD
It was 7-6 midway through the second quarter, then Demaryius, the top finisher, topped three straight drives with touchdowns of 11, 7 and 34 yards. Suddenly it was 28-6 Broncos.
5. The game: on September 5, 2013, defeated the Ravens, 49-27, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 5 catches, 161 yards, 2 TD
Demaryius caught two of Peyton Manning’s 7 touchdown passes, en route to an NFL record of 55 for the season. That record is still tied with the extension to a 17-game schedule, no one is set to beat it this year. Thomas opened the game with a 78-yard screen and touched down to finish the scoring.
4. The Game: October 19, 2014, beat San Francisco, 42-17, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 8 catches, 171 yards, 2 TD
Fittingly, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s career touchdown pass record by throwing the No. 508 touchdown at Demaryius on an 8-yard pass at the end of the first half, then the record-breaking 509 at Demaryius on a magnificent 40- yard strike at the start of the third quarter. Subsequently, the Broncos receiving trio of Demaryius, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker engaged in a Manning skit to keep the milestone away from the ball.
3. The Game: December 4, 2011, beat Vikings 35-32, Metrodome
DT: 4 catches, 144 yards, 2 TD
All in the second half. After a tough start to his career due to injuries, it was Demaryius’ breakout match. The offense scored 0 points, 1 first down and allowed 2 points on a first safety game in the first half. Successive receptions from DT Tim Tebow: 21 yards and a touchdown (third quarter); 41 yards and a touchdown (3rd QTR); 42 yards to set up a touchdown (4Q); 40 yards to set up a field goal (4Q).
2. The game: Oct. 5, 2014, defeated Arizona, 41-20, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 8 catches, 226 yards, 2 touchdowns
Poignantly, this was the game DT texted Manning about two days before he was found dead in the bathroom shower at his home in Georgia. DT had struggled with falls in the Broncos’ first three games of the 2014 season, but he rebounded tremendously. Not only was his 226 receiving yards a team record, he had a 77 yard touchdown reception canceled by a cutblock penalty against tight end Julius Thomas. Demaryius’ 31 and 86-yard touchdowns were his specialty – yards after the catch.
1. The game: AFC first round playoff, 2011 season, defeated Pittsburgh, 29-23, OT, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
DT: 4 catches, 204 yards, 1 TD
50.5 yards per catch. Seriously? Along with his memorable 80-yard touchdown reception from Tebow in the first overtime game – arguably the most thrilling single play in Broncos history – Thomas caught 51 and 58-yard passes in the second quarter to set up. the Broncos. first two affected. He also received two penalties for passing interference / defensive gear.
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