2:53 p.m. MST: Darrent Williams jars the return game to life, going right, darting, dodging, shaking, baking and finally sprinting his way to a 32-yard return that gives the Broncos more good drive-starting field position at their 41-yard-line.
2:57 p.m. MST: our weeks after being benched, Jake Plummer is about to step back onto the field after Jay Cutler absorbed a chin-strap-rattling hit from the right side.
3:01 p.m. MST Mike Bell got the Broncos into a second goal-to-go situation, but the doings haven’t been so good since … a sack, an incompletion, and a quarterback draw for three yards on third-and-goal from the 6.
3:03 p.m. MST: Jay Cutler “got his bell rung,” according to the official report from vice president of media relations Jim Saccomano. He is probable to return. The Broncos, meanwhile, lead 6-0.
3:11 p.m. MST: Curome Cox — or as the press-box public-address announcer said, “Courteney Cox” — was slow to arise after a punt return. Jake Plummer, meanwhile, remains in at quarterback.
3:13 p.m. MST: Tatum Bell becomes the sixth man to post a 1,000-yard rushing season in the last 12 seasons. The Broncos have now had 11 1,000-yard rushing campaigns since 1995.
3:15 p.m. MST: Jake Plummer rolled left, looked deep for Javon Walker — but his pass finds Walt Harris after Walker gets entangled and hits the field. San Francisco now takes over at the Denver 39 at a 42-yard return.
3:17 p.m. MST: The game has turned a bit balky on both sides in the last few minutes, with a flow as smooth as the engine for a ’79 Pacer on a cold day. Elvis Dumervil and Ebenezer Ekuban do something to bring the chilled fans to their feet, sacking Smith for a seven-yard loss on third-and-10 from the Denver 39.
3:23 p.m. MST: With third-and-6 from its 18, Plummer is called for a false start. Tatum Bell gets the call on third-and-11, gaining 10 yards before being stopped just shy of the sticks, focing a Paul Ernster punt that covers 45 yards.
3:29 p.m. MST: Even when you don’t throw at Champ Bailey, he still makes a play. San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith spent the game’s first 27 minutes avoiding the Pro Bowl cornerback. The ball, though, still found Bailey after it bounced off Frank Gore and into Bailey’s grasp. It’s his 10th interception of the season and gives the Broncos a 13-0 lead. The season total is the highest for the Broncos since Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin, one of the original Broncos on the 1960 roster.
3:36 p.m. MST: Some big plays by Darrent Williams — first to break up an end-zone shot, then to tackle San Francisco tight end Eric Johnson in the open field two yards short of the first down with 1:03 left in the half.
3:39 p.m. MST: Alex Smith resuscitates the drive with a fourth-and-2 run for a first down. San Francisco in the no-huddle by necessity with just one timeout left and 31 seconds remaining before halftime.
3:43 p.m. MST: Kenard Lang just had a chance to fall on a football that Alex Smith fumbled, and couldn’t gain possession. That gives the 49ers a chance to pierce the scoreboard for the first time today; the reprieve allows them to get Joe Nedney onto the field for a 46-yard field goal.
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