Brandon Stokley Cringes A Bit At Miracle Catch

November 3, 2012 4:32 PM

Brandon Stokley Cringes A Bit At Miracle Catch
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn’t the only one haunted by the “Immaculate Deflection.”

So is Brandon Stokley, the wide receiver who caught the batted ball and raced 87 yards for the score with 11 seconds left, giving Denver an improbable 12-7 win at Cincinnati in the 2009 opener.

Lewis, whose Bengals (3-4) host the Broncos (4-3) Sunday, said, “Brandon runs through my mind all the time.” Stokley said he, too, has bad dreams about that play in which he cradled cornerback Leon Hall‘s deflection at midfield and outraced linebacker Dhani Jones into the end zone.

It was the longest winning play from scrimmage in the final minute of a game in NFL history.

When Jones started to pull up, Stokley had the presence of mind to tick an extra four seconds off the clock by veering right and running parallel to the goal line for several strides before stepping into the end zone.

Although Stokley was lauded as a heady veteran for the savvy move, he admitted this week that he’d do things differently today.

“I just kind of saw that nobody was behind me chasing me "

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