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Vance Joseph defends kicking FG on fourth-and-1: 'I wanted points there'


With 4 minutes, 39 seconds remaining, trailing 17-13 and with a fourth-and-1 on the Cleveland 6-yard line, Broncos coach Vance Joseph sent kicker Brandon McManus out for a field goal as boos cascaded down from the stands.


McManus made the 29-yard field goal -- after a delay of game penalty -- and the Broncos did get the ball back after their defense stopped the Browns deep in Denver territory, but the Broncos couldn't move the ball past the 50-yard line to kick a game winner.


Joseph said "absolutely'' the Broncos' back-to-back runs for just 2 yards and no gain on the two plays before the field goal influenced the decision.


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he trusted his defense to get a stop after a fourth-and-1 field goal try -- which it did -- but the Denver offense wasn't able to move the ball past the 50-yard line to kick a game winner.


Joseph said he believed the Broncos needed to get to the Cleveland 42-yard line, at minimum, for McManus to have a chance at a game winner.


Keenum took a low snap in the shotgun and was swarmed under by the Browns' rush for a sack to end the Broncos' chances.




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