DENVER (CBS4) – With Von Miller sidelined with an injury the Denver Broncos turned to Mario Haggan to fill in and he didn’t disappoint by delivering the game of the season.
Haggan racked up 12 tackles, a pass defended, and an interception for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He was the guest on CBS4’s Xfinity Monday Live!
“I prepare each and every week for an opportunity to play when my number is called. It just felt good to go in there and help contribute,” Haggan said.
The Broncos have been showing much more confidence as a team, especially at the end of games. Haggan says it comes from head coach John Fox.
“When you have a guy like Coach Fox that instills that; he comes in preaching confidence, belief and finishing. That’s where it comes from,” Haggan said.
He said being a part of this Broncos team is very special for him.
“I haven’t been a part of anything like this as far as closeness and the fourth quarter games, the team believing,” Haggan said. “Usually the teams that I’ve been on, they’re the best team and been ahead a lot in the fourth quarter.”
For the Broncos, different players have stepped up every week. This week it was Haggan and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose first catch was a 21-yard touchdown. His second catch was a 41-yard touchdown. He finished the game with four catches for 144 yards.
“It was good for him to come back after the injury … the guy is a stud. He just needed to get healthy and get on the field. You can see what he can do when he’s out there,” Haggan said. “You continue working and you continue getting the ball to him and we’ll see some big things from him.”
With the Broncos at the top of the AFC West, they now control their own destiny to get into the playoffs. It’s something that has eluded Haggan since he came to the NFL.
“I just want to take it one game at a time and Chicago is one of the teams that’s standing in the way next weekend and we’re going to prepare and look to take those guys.”
The Broncos host the Bears this Sunday. Kickoff is at 2:05 p.m.
Watch more of the video with Haggan in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.