After the game-tying score, the Broncos and Browns were headed to overtime, so the Broncos needed a defensive stop and another big drive to send them to the Super Bowl.
Denver's defense held the Browns to a three-and-out and got the ball back at their own 25-yard line. It only took eight plays to get in position for the game-winning kick. On fourth down from the Browns 15-yard line, reserve quarterback Gary Kubiak took the snap, holding on the kick for Rich Karlis, whose bare right foot knocked the ball just inside the left upright.
"When our backs are closest to the wall is when we really play our best — and we couldn't get any closer to the wall," Elway said after the game.
"The day before a big game, you dream of doing things like that."