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The Broncos exploited an NFL rule brilliantly on game-winning play

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In what will go down as one of the best games of the season, the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos played out a nail-biter at the Superdome on Sunday.

However, the way that the Broncos managed to win the game has been the centre of a lot of controversy, with Saints fans screaming that Will Parks actually ran out of bounds as well as the jump over the long snapper.

But, Denver managed to get away with the jump over the center thanks to an incredible move by one of their lineman that perfectly bent the NFL rulebooks.


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Justin Simmons managed to block the kick by leaping over the line without touching anyone. That was down to Jared Crick, who does an excellent job blocking to force the snapper lower ground and make sure Simmons doesn't touch him. Check it out.

Crick pushes the Saints snapper to the ground, which allows Simmons to hurdle the line cleanly. Had Simmons made contact a flag would have been thrown.

The NFL rules stop players using lineman as a base to jump over on kicks. However, before Crick isn't the player jumping he can do absolutely anything he wants, even pinning down the snapper if he wanted.

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino ran through the play on his Twitter account here...

Incredible work from the Broncos and a key win. Expect this to be used a lot in games from here on out.

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