Canadian-American quarterback Brett Rypien leads Denver Broncos past Arizona Cardinals

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Canadian-American quarterback Brett Rypien made the most of another opportunity to start for the Denver Broncos, leading the team to a 24-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

It was not an easy game for Rypien who was sacked seven times, including three by star defensive end J.J. Watt, but was able to pull through completing 21-of-26 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown.

“Really, the whole goal is just to try to find a way to win and to do that I just feel like we accomplished something great,” Rypien said after the game. “It’s awesome.”

Rypien helped put the game away in the fourth quarter, throwing a pass to Eric Tomlinson after pulling off a perfect fake hand-off.

“He did a great job of coaching me up on it and just saying, ‘Trust it. Trust it. Trust it. Your fake is going to make the play. Your fake is going to make the play,'” Rypien said about head coach Nathaniel Hackett preparing him for the play.

“We worked it last night and I worked it in my hotel room … just really trying to work that fake, making sure that I got that guy to come up, because Eric [Tomlinson] blocked out on the end, and really all we had to beat was the corner.”

Rypien started in place of Russell Wilson who was ruled out with a concussion. The fourth-year NFL passer came on in relief of Wilson last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, completing four-of-eight pass attempts for 16 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

He started one game earlier this year, throwing for 225 yards and an interception in a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets.

Rypien first joined with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and spent the full year on the practice roster. He made his first career start in Week 4 of the 2020 season against the Jets and threw for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in a 37-28 victory.

“Any time you get an opportunity, it’s a blessing,” Rypien said going into the game. “I’ve been here four years now. I played four years in high school, four years in college. I was used to playing every single week. It feels more special, for sure, when you get an opportunity.”

The 26-year-old was born in Spokane, Wash. but his father was born in Calgary, meaning he is eligible for dual-citizenship. His uncle, Mark Rypien, led the Washington Commanders to two Super Bowl titles and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI.

Rypien was a four-year starter at Boise State where he passed for 13,578 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions while being named three-time first-team all-Mountain West Conference.