Brandon Stokley cringes a bit at miracle catch

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn't the only one haunted by the "Immaculate Deflection."

So is Brandon Stokley, 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 2009.

With the Bengals (3-4) hosting the Broncos (4-3) Sunday, 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.

Stokley ran parallel to the goal line to take precious seconds off the clock, but said he's had nightmares about fumbling or getting tackled, and so he'd do it differently today.


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