5:47 P.M. PST: Off we go with the second quarter.
5:49 P.M. PST: Denver now in third-and-9 at their 46 … the pocket breaks down quickly and Luis Castillo gets to Jay Cutler for a second time today; he forced Cutler’s first-possession fumble. Cutler hangs on to the football this time.
5:50 P.M. PST: Paul Ernster’s second punt didn’t look pretty, but was effective … the ball skips forward and is downed by Andre Hall at the San Diego 1-yard-line.
5:52 P.M. PST: So many flags flew for a San Diego false-start infraction that Dre’ Bly could waste a couple of seconds twirling one in his hands.
5:53 P.M. PST: Nice tackle by Jamie Winborn, who stood up LaDainian Tomlinson and drove him back … Chargers have second-and-9 at their 2 … Philip Rivers with plenty of time … Looks deep down the middle for Vincent Jackson … Champ Bailey was with him step for step and nearly intercepts the pass.
5:55 P.M. PST: Costly play for the Broncos, as Tomlinson took a handoff in the end zone and was untouched until getting hit at the San Diego 13 … San Diego now has some tolerable field position with which to work, and the Broncos lose an opportunity to get good field position of their own.
5:57 P.M. PST: Another thrid down; another conversion. Rivers finds Chambers near the right sideline for 11 yards, moving San Diego to its 32-yard-line.
6:01 P.M. PST: After a San Diego timeout, the Broncos get a third-down stop when Josh Mallard tripped up Philip Rivers on a third-and-10.
6:03 P.M. PST: Denver will start at its 12 after Mike Scifres’ first punt of the evening … Now it’s the Broncos fighting from out of poor field position.
6:04 P.M. PST: A fourth sack allowed already tonight … Shaun Phillips gets to Cutler.
6:05 P.M. PST: Denver takes a timeout with 8:38 left in the quarter.
6:07 P.M. PST: Cutler looks up the right sideline for Javon Walker, but the wide receiver lands out of bounds with the reception … Denver will punt with the line of scrimmage at its 10.
6:08 P.M. PST: Ernster’s punt shanks and bounces 33 yards … San Diego takes over at the Denver 43.
6:11 P.M. PST: Chargers waste little time driving into goal-to-go range … it’s first-and-goal at the Denver 6.
6:14 P.M. PST: Jamie Winborn helps get the third-down stop … Chargers settle for a Nate Kaeding field goal and the second rendition of “San Diego Super Chargers” tonight …. Broncos trail 13-0 with 3:43 remaining.
6:17 P.M. PST: Broncos again have decent field position after a kickoff, starting at their 33-yard-line … a first-down deep toss for Tony Scheffler, however, falls incomplete.
6:18 P.M. PST: Three-and-out for the Broncos after Young runs for one yard and a pass to Brandon Marshall near the left sideline falls incomplete.
6:19 P.M. PST: Ernster’s punt goes out of bounds after sailing 31 yards; San Diego takes over at its 35-yard-line. Ernster’s net and gross average are the same — 35.0 yards.
6:21 P.M. PST: The two-minute warning halts play with San Diego at its 47-yard-line.
6:23 P.M. PST: Darren Sproles in for Tomlinson now … a second-and-10 carry by Sproles goes nowhere, and the Chargers have third-and-11 at their 46-yard-line.
6:25 P.M. PST: And the Chargers are now 5-of-8 on third downs after Rivers finds Vincent Jackson for 27 yards up the left sideline.
6:26 P.M. PST: Third-and-11 now after an incompletion followed by a Nate Webster hit on Sproles in the open field … Rivers takes the Chargers’ third-down success ratio to 6-of-9 by finding Chris Chambers across the middle for 16 yards to the Denver 11. San Diego is out of timeouts with nine seconds left.
6:28 P.M. PST: You don’t hear Wham! at a football game very often, but we just heard it here.
6:29 P.M. PST: Rivers’ end zone toss is incomplete … Kaeding hits a 29-yard field goal try, and the Broncos’ intermission deficit is 16-0.