Fourth-quarter notes and random thoughts …
4:44 p.m. MST: Stadum music interjection: Nothing says Christmas quite like Hot Stuff by Donna Summer as the cheerleaders slide across the south end zone. You Sexy Thing would have been better; at least it was sung by Hot Chocolate.
4:45 p.m. MST: Back-to-back Tatum Bell carries bisecting the quarters have the Broncos at the 10-yard-line … although they can get a first down without getting a touchdown.
4:46 p.m. MST: Denver settles for a field goal after a third-down Mike Bell run went into the line but no farther. Jason Elam kicks the field goal, and the 70,223 on hand cheer a seven-point Broncos lead.
4:52 p.m. MST: This snow may look magical on television, but I’ve seen way too much of it in the last five days. Enough already.
4:53 p.m. MST: Should we be surprised that John Lynch has come up with a series of big hits in the biggest game of the year so far? It’s almost as though he wanted to show the world that he really did belong in the Pro Bowl, demonstrating it again by slamming into Rudi Johnson in the backfield and jarring the football loose.
4:55 p.m. MST: A second pass-interference infraction against Cincinnati has the Broncos at the Cincinnati 42 on what is becoming a huge possession — or at least a huge opportunity for the Broncos.
4:57 p.m. MST: Two plays later, it is an opportunity lost, as Jay Cutler’s pass sails incomplete.
4:58 p.m. MST: With the wind against him, Paul Ernster picked the wrong time for an lengthy punt, sending the football into the end zone for a touchback and a net of just 21 yards.
5:06 p.m. MST: Chris Henry … what first appeared to be a killer catch was revealed by instant replay to be incomplete, forcing a Cincinnati punt with 6:57 remaining.
5:08 p.m. MST: Christmas Eve dinners from coast to coast sit idling on tables while families near and far continue to congregate around their warmly glowing televisions, imbibing both egg nog and a thoroughly engrossing duel between the Broncos and Bengals.
Can I write advertising copy or what?
5:10 p.m. MST: “False start, 77, offense.” When did Dwayne Carswell come back? It was actually against George Foster. Meanwhile, the Broncos’ regular-season finale will come against a team with no playoff chances; San Francisco was eliminated with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
5:13 p.m. MST: Denver continues to look towards Walker to carry the ball; this was an end-around that didn’t go anyplace, leaving the Broncos in third-and-9.
5:15 p.m. MST: Four minutes and 13 seconds left, and Denver is out of timeouts.
5:17 p.m. MST: Paul Ernster did what he had to do … drop a punt at the 10-yard-line. Cincinnati has two timeouts, 3:52 on the clock and 90 yards to the game-tying touchdown The lower level of the stadium is on its feet as the snow lightens up.
6:37 p.m. MST: Back in the press box after a trip to the field, witnessing first a 90-yard drive, then a botched extra point, then two on-side kicks, then a trip to the locker room. More to come as we disseminate the words from the locker room.
FYI, Domonique Foxworth is okay after being treated in the locker room. He hyperventilated following the game, but is okay and will not even require hospitalization, according to vice president of media relations Jim Saccomano.
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