Red zone is woe zone for Broncos in 17-16 opening-night defeat at Seattle

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When the Broncos started what they hoped was a game-winning drive to put an exclamation 

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point on quarterback Russell Wilson’s debut with his new team and matchup against his old team, 

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coach Nathaniel Hackett asked kicker Brandon McManus for his field-goal range. 

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Instead of putting the football in Wilson’s hands for a fourth-and-5 play 

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coach Nathaniel Hackett burned 40 seconds of the clock before sending out McManus, 

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whose 64-yard attempt was wide right with 15 seconds remaining, allowing the Seahawks to escape with a 17-16 victory.

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“They got me exactly that spot so I was ready and knew there was a good chance we would kick it,” said McManus 

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who is 1-of-8 in his career from beyond 60 yards.  

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“It obviously feels good to have confidence in me to put me out there at 64, but I have to start making some of those long ones.” 

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