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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Denver Broncos 27, Detroit Lions 17

Dec 22, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) carries the ball against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos put up 14 points in the fourth quarter to notch a come-from-behind 27-17 victory over the Detroit Lions Sunday to get to 6-9 on the season.

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Final Score

Denver Broncos 27, Detroit Lions 17

Denver Broncos

Rookie quarterback Drew Lock was solid but unspectacular against the Lions. Lock didn’t turn the ball over and his lone touchdown pass came on a shovel pass to DaeSean Hamilton from the 3-yard line.

Phillip Lindsay continues to display quickness and decisive cuts with the ball in his hands. Lindsay topped the 100-yard mark on the day and had a 27-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Detroit enjoyed some success on the ground in the second half, which was due largely to the struggles of the linebacking corps. None struggled more than Todd Davis, as he repeatedly allowed linemen to get on top of him and bullrush him backward in the second level.

Von Miller had one of his better games of the season, as he was relentless off the edge when rushing the passer. He also notched multiple run stops, as well as a batted pass at the line of scrimmage on Detroit's final drive.

Detroit Lions

David Blough struggled to move the ball consistently due to his inability to work through his progressions and lack of feel in the pocket. Because he held onto the ball too long throughout the game, he caused a sack and multiple hits and hurries by himself.

Tyrell Crosby filled in for the injured veteran Rick Wagner at left tackle, and had a lot of struggles throughout while in pass pro. He struggled to handle the speed of Denver's edge rushers, especially Von Miller, and surrendered more than a handful of pressures as a result.

Darius Slay made a nice pass breakup on a vertical route to Courtland Sutton in the end zone. Slay batted a second end-zone pass intended for Sutton in the third quarter.

Tavon Wilson also broke up an end-zone pass intended for Sutton in the third-quarter.

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