When the Broncos dropped their eighth consecutive game and the playoffs moved far out of reach, the momentum in Denver shifted in a way few could have imagined.
The Broncos looked good all day.
The Jets (5-8) were limited to just 100 yards of offense, 59 on the ground and 41 through the air.
At the time of his departure McCown was just 6-for-12 for 46 yards and an interception on the day, while also being sacked four times. As it continued to search for answers to its myriad problems and troubling losses, general manager John Elway admitted his deepest frustration was rooted in the way his team was losing.
The Broncos continued in the third quarter as they marched down the field in 13 plays into the red zone.
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So did Kansas City's offense, which produced for the second straight week as offensive coordinator Matt Nagy called the plays. Kansas City, which had lost six of its previous seven games, entered Sunday with the NFL's No. 30-ranked total defense.
Brandon McManus kicked field goals of 31, 53 and 40 yards and fullback Andy Janovich had a 1-yard touchdown run, helping the Broncos (4-9) end an eight-game losing streak.
McCown was hit in the third quarter by Denver linebacker Shane Ray during perhaps his worst game of the season. McManus' final field goal in the fourth only twisted the knife.
Von Miller notched his 10th sack of the season, which is incredibly impressive given how often the Broncos have been playing from behind.
For the Broncos it's a return to the style of football they feel they can play every week and hopefully a sign of things to come to finish out the season. Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis recovered the fumble at the NY 20.
Change may be coming in January.
Broncos Country has been waiting since October for another Broncos win - and they finally got it on Sunday.