By Guy Curtright
Jason Elam did it again.
The Denver Broncos have won three games. The veteran kicker from Brookwood High School has booted a last-play field goal in each of the three victories.
In baseball, it would be called a walk-off.
The latest was Sunday night and the team left disappointed was the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Elam booted a 49-yard field goal as time expired at Denver's Invesco Field to give the Broncos a 31-28 victory.
Denver has been outscored by 65 points in their three losses. But if the Broncos can keep it close, Elam will come through.
"That was a big-time kick," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told reporters afterwards.
Denver had blown a 14-point lead and the momentum would certainly have been with the Steelers if the game went to overtime.
Elam didn't let it.
"When I looked up, I saw that I hit it pretty straight," Elam told reporters afterwards. "That's about as good as I can hit it."
Kicking game-winners isn't anything new for Elam, in his 15th NFL season. He has done it more than 20 times in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.
"Like a great golfer, the same swing every time," Shanahan said.
Still, nothing beats a game-ending field goal for a kicker and Elam has done it three times already this season.
"He's a darn good closer," Broncos safety John Lynch told reporters. "You wouldn't want anyone else in that
"You have a sense of calm when he's booting it. He's very good at what he does. No question, right down the
Elam, 37, made a hurried 42-yarder to beat Buffalo Bills 15-14 in the season opener. He kicked a 23-yarder in overtime the next week for a 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
The 49-yarder against the Steelers was Elam's longest of the season.
Elam didn't have to attempt the game-winner twice, as has often been the case in the NFL this season. First-year Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called his timeout early, not just before the ball was ready to be snapped.
It probably didn't matter.
Elam is 10-for-13 in field goals this season and in his All-Pro career has made 80.1 percent (378 of 472).
SideBar: The Elam File
' Who: Jason Elam
' Team: Denver Broncos
' NFL seasons: 15
' Age: 37
' High school: Brookwood
' College: Hawaii
' 2007 stats:
' 10-for-13 on field goals, with three
n Career stats:
' 378-for-472 on field goals