ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- It's a big boost and a back-breaker all rolled into one, the touchdown that comes while the offense is catching its collective breath on the sideline.
Nobody's been better at that lately than the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos.
Trindon Holliday's 76-yard punt return for a score last week and Tony Carter's 40-yard interception return marked the 10th and 11th TDs from Denver's defense or special teams since 2011.
While Denver's 11 non-traditional TDs over the last season and a-half lead the AFC, they pale in comparison to the Bears' 18 such scores over the last two seasons, including eight so far this year.
Those electrifying scores have propelled the Bears (7-2) to the top of the NFC North, a game behind Atlanta for the best record in the conference.