Buster Skrine was prepared to go into the Bears’ postgame locker room and say he lost Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

The Broncos had just scored a touchdown to pull within 13-12 late in the fourth quarter. After a delay-of-game penalty set them back to the 7-yard line on their two-point conversion attempt, the Broncos opted to kick the extra point instead.

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Brandon McManus’ attempt went wide right, but Skrine was called for an offside penalty. The Broncos got another shot, and their two-point conversion was good for a 14-13 lead.

“The snapper hit a vet move,” Skrine said. “They said ‘set,’ and he twisted the ball. I was trying to make a play, block that and win the game. Thank God for Eddy, my guardian angel.”

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Eddy Pineiro’s 53-yard field goal as time expired gave the Bears a 16-14 victory and saved Skrine from having to take some blame for a loss.

And it rescued the Bears defense from lamenting how a strong effort petered out on the Broncos’ final drive as they grew tired on a warm afternoon in higher altitude than they are used to playing in.

“You don’t want that breakdown at the end,” outside linebacker Khalil Mack said. “Altitude is a real thing. At the end of the day, I don’t care how you get the W. It was a hard win. I’ll take it.”

Up until the two-minute warning, the Bears had held the Broncos to a pair of McManus field goals going up against their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Mack and defensive lineman Nick Williams each sacked quarterback Joe Flacco, and cornerback Kyle Fuller recorded the Bears’ first takeaway of the season. He stepped in front of Flacco’s pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders at the Bears 3-yard line with 4:51 to play to thwart an earlier attempt at a tying touchdown drive.

But Flacco found Sanders for a 7-yard touchdown, an impressive catch in the back right corner of the end zone behind Fuller a few minutes later, and Fuller also failed to stop Flacco’s pass to Sanders for the two-point conversion.

It was just the second touchdown the Bears have allowed over two games, but it left the offense and special teams units in the pick-me-up roles late Sunday.

“There are going to be times when the offense has our back, times when we are going to have the offense’s back or times when special teams is going to need to have our back,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I feel like all three had a part in that today.”

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