Social media reacts to 'worst football game in NFL history'

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By , Audacy Sports

Zero touchdowns. Four interceptions. Six fumbles. A slew of potentially costly injuries -- including a case of "gross motor instability" on the first series.

These are just some of the ugly figures that defined the slog that was the Colts-Broncos matchup on Thursday Night Football in Week 5.

There's no sugarcoating it. This game set back the sport 100 years. It was, as a Seahawks blog put it, "an affront to football." PFF NFL Daily podcast hosts Steve Palazzolo and Sam Monson summed it nicely, calling the contest the "worst football game in NFL history."

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Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson, both acquired in the offseason to bring stability and leadership to their teams, continued to flail. Combined, they went 47-of-80 for 525 yards, 10 sacks, four picks, and zero scores.

Decision-making was once again a major issue for Denver. First-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett came under fire with a pair of late-game calls that might have cost his team the game.

First, the Broncos opted for a pass play on 3rd and 4 in the red zone late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Colts interception in the end zone. A field goal probably would have put the game out of reach. Instead, Indy forced the turnover, marched down the field and kicked a game-tying field goal of their own as time expired.

Then, down by 3 in overtime, the Broncos eschewed a potential game-tying chip shot field-goal attempt on fourth and short at the Colts' 5-yard line. Wilson's pass attempt sailed incomplete, sealing Indy's win.

Perhaps Hackett was trying to atone for his ill-fated lengthy field-goal try in the season-opener in Seattle.

In any event, it backfired spectacularly. A fitting end to a truly ugly game.

Several key players were lost to injury in the process. Denver's Garett Bolles and the Colts' Kwity Paye had to be carted off with leg injuries. The Broncos defense also lost Baron Browning, Josey Jewell, and Dre'Mont Jones.

Perhaps most alarmingly, Colts running back Nyheim Hines had to be helped off the field after exhibiting concussion symptoms following a hard hit on the third play of the game. He did not return.

All told, football fans and journalists could not believe they spent three-plus hours watching this tragicomedy.

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