Defenseman Mitch Unrein Plays A Big Role In Broncos Win Over The Bucs

December 3, 2012 7:52 AM

Defenseman Mitch Unrein Plays A Big Role In Broncos Win Over The Bucs
" DENVER (AP) – What Mitch Unrein lacks in dance moves he more than makes up for in shock value.

The second-year defensive lineman out of Wyoming helped the Denver Broncos wrap up their second straight AFC West title Sunday with their seventh straight win, a less-than-perfect but oh-so-pretty 31-23 win over the feisty Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Unrein caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to open the scoring, then came free for the big hit on Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman that forced a bad throw that ended up in Von Miller‘s hands for the game’s biggest play.

Miller’s pick-6 marked the first career interception and the first career touchdown for last year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, who is making a stronger case by the week for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

And it put this game out of reach at 28-10.

Miller did a hip-swaying jig in the end zone, unlike Unrein, who became the first defensive lineman to catch a touchdown pass in Broncos history and celebrated with a big-time spike – followed by a mad scramble to retrieve the football.

“After I spiked it, I was, like, `Uh, oh, where’d it go?” Unrein said "

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