Bronco’ Russell Wilson says he ‘let the team down’ in OT loss

DENVER — Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson was still preaching the gospel of possibility and faith Thursday night, but after an ugly 12-9 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts in which he threw two interceptions, Wilson picked up don’t mince words.

“It’s very simple – at the end of the day I have to be better, I have to play better,” Wilson said. “The defense played their butts tonight, we had some important good drives. … At the end of the day there can’t be two interceptions thrown. Can not happen. I let the team down tonight.”

Wilson threw his second interception with just over two minutes left when the Broncos had a chance to close the game. And his misguided throw to eighty inches from the Colts 6-yard line in overtime when he didn’t see an open KJ Hamler and instead attempted to squeeze the ball at Courtland Sutton was the final play of the game.

The Broncos, including Wilson and coach Nathaniel Hackett, opted to go for the win with more than two minutes left in overtime rather than make a first down and then have a chance to throw for a potential touchdown.

“We had a good call to play. … Guy made a good game,” Wilson said. “I was willing to move if necessary. … We tried it. We didn’t want to end up in a draw, we wanted to win the game. … I have to find a way make whatever game it takes.”

Wilson, who finished 21 of 39 for 274 yards without touchdowns and two interceptions, was out of form for most of the night. He was only 9 of 17 in the first half as he rushed for 69 yards.

The Broncos’ red-zone troubles continued as they finished without a touchdown, scoring just two combined touchdowns in their three home games. They started last in the league in the red zone on the night and will not move up the rankings after Thursday.

Wilson threw both of his fourth-quarter interceptions, both in games that started inside Colts territory when points on any of those drives likely would have given the Broncos the win.

“We felt like we should have won that game. I felt like I let us down tonight,” Wilson said.

He added: “Lots of season left, lots of opportunities. [There is] so much good, but the bad is bad. We should have won this game. It’s up to me.”

Wilson spoke briefly to a visibly upset Hamler after the game, and several of Wilson’s teammates also stopped to speak to Wilson as he sat outside his locker in full uniform well over an hour after the game ended.

“Got to finish, run,” Hamler said of the offensive struggles. “We just have to perform better. defense [is] kick their ass off and we just need to support them better. I’ve done everything I can. I fought my ass off. The offense kicked their ass.”

Wilson was evaluated for a concussion in the second half of Thursday but was cleared to return by medical staff at the scene.

“I answered all her questions and everything,” he said.

Wilson was also listed on the Broncos’ injury report in the days leading up to the game with a right shoulder injury.

“It’s these negative plays,” Wilson said. “It’s up to us. It’s all up to us as players. It starts with me. It’s not up to Manager Hackett, it’s up to nobody else.”

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Emma Bowman

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