9:22 P.M. MDT: There were 69,952 fans in the house tonight, with 5,409 no-shows.
9:23 P.M. MDT: Denver has third-and-4 from its 38.
9:24 P.M. MDT: David Kircus got open across the middle for what would have been the necessary yardage for a first down, but Patrick Ramsey’s pass sailed just behind him. Paul Ernster’s punt sailed 52 yards but was returned 14 yards even though a slew of Broncos were in the area where the football was fielded.
9:29 P.M. MDT: Three-and-out for Cleveland, but a Roderick Rogers penalty on Glenn Martinez’s return forces Denver to begin at its 6-yard-line … its worst field position of the night.
9:37 P.M. MDT: Denver marched into Cleveland territory, but a 32-yard catch by Nate Jackson went for naught, as a third-down incompletion forced the Broncos to punt the ball away. Todd Sauerbrun’s punt sailed into the end zone; the 38-yard punt netted just 18 yards and allowed the Browns to start at their 20.
9:41 P.M. MDT: Three-and-out for the Broncos defense … Denver will take over at its 38-yard-line precisely halfway through the quarter.
9:44 P.M. MDT: Denver now at its 48 with first-and-10 … 6:20 left … this could be the drive that determines the game.
9:46 P.M. MDT: Selvin Young went left and looked a tad timid as he moved into an open field that was fast closing under an avalanche of orange helmets. Not like his other runs … but one play later, Ramsey finds Tony Scheffler for 29 yards across the middle, in spite of illegal contact.
9:49 P.M. MDT: Fourth-and-5 from the Cleveland 14 with 3:09 left, and the Browns call time out. Denver will go for it … why not? With only one timeout left, this could be Denver’s last, best shot.
9:50 P.M. MDT: Hell’s Bells over the public-address system. An odd choice, because a) the song is usually used to pump up the homestanding defense and b) it’s a Raiders song; it’s what plays as they walk onto the McAfee Coliseum field.
9:51 P.M. MDT: Well, music be damned, the Broncos’ drive is still alive. Great play by Brian Clark to stretch out with the football to get the necessary yardage near the right sideline and give the Broncos first-and-goal at the 9.
9:52 P.M. MDT: Touchdown, Selvin Young … he may not have the size of some of his running-back brethren, but he’s run with authority tonight, particularly in getting to the corner on that play and then running through a tackle.
9:54 P.M. MDT: Broncos going for two … and the play fails, as Young is tackled after gaining a yard. Denver spread its receivers out and then attempted to take advantage of a void in the middle of Cleveland’s defense, but their defenders stayed at home, leaving Young no room to find the end zone.
10:04 P.M. MDT: One last chance for the Broncos … no timeouts, clock draining, 52 yards to go … and the Broncos can’t get out of bounds. Ballgame.
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