CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Broncos trailed by one point in the fourth quarter. The crowd became rowdy in The Jungle. Trevor Siemian walked on the field and closed like Mariano Rivera.
In his first road start, Siemian stood alone. He threw for 312 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The other NFL players who have done that in their road debut? Nobody. No one. Zilch. Only Peyton Manning has pulled it off for the Broncos, accomplishing the feat twice in his 2013 MVP season.
"He is a finisher," offensive lineman Russell Okung said.
But the league wasn't done praising him on Wednesday. Siemian received AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Broncos' 29-17 victory over the Bengals.
His teammates recognized the achievement in the moment, bursting with collegiate joy when coach Gary Kubiak awarded Siemian with the game ball.
"We were just happy for him. He helped the offense put the game away," cornerback Chris Harris said. "We have seen him in practice. I knew he could be the guy when he was the only quarterback during training camp to complete a touchdown against me. He can play."
Siemian is the eighth Broncos quarterback to win the AFC weekly honor since its inception in 1984, joining John Elway (15 times), Peyton Manning (6), Jake Plummer (3), Brian Griese (2), Gary Kubiak, Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton.
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