3:40 P.M. MST: Back for the second half, but the Broncos offense is unable to begin the second half in the manner in which it opened the first, going three-and-out and losing four yards in the process — and, in fact, has a distastrous opening after Brandon Marshall intercepts Jay Cutler’s third-and-14 pass.
3:41 P.M. MST: Denver’s advantages at halftime were staggering on the stat sheet:
- Total yardage: Broncos 240, Cardinals 60
- First downs: Broncos 14, Cardinals 4
- Rushing yardage: Broncos 60, Cardinals 40
- Passing yardage: Broncos 180, Cardinals 20
And yet the Cardinals are at the Denver 20, threatening to score a touchdown that would give them a 1-point lead.
3:46 P.M. MST: Threat nullified. J.J. Arrington swarmed down on third-and-2. A Neil Rackers field goal nullified by a holding penalty on fourth down. A rekick sails wide right. Denver not only emerges from Cutler’s errant throw unscathed — but gains 27 yards in the process, moving to the Denver 40.
3:49 P.M. MST: The Broncos opened this drive with Jay Cutler, Tony Scheffler, Brandon Marshall and David Kircus on the field. As George Allen was wont to say, “The future is now.”
3:51 P.M. MST: Forty-four of the 50 yards amassed so far on this drive are attributable to rookie pass-catchers Marshall and Scheffler, two players who seem to be growing up rapidly today.
3:54 P.M. MST: It was almost as though Rod Smith watched what his younger teammates did and wanted to demonstrate that he could do it, as well. Cutler’s sixth career touchdown is his first to Rod Smith, who used a stutter-step to get open in the back left corner of the end zone. Denver’s lead is back to 13 points.
4:12 P.M. MST: Arizona’s second sustained drive of the game has seen the Cardinals run seven consecutive pass plays — six completions and a sack — before turning to the run at the Denver 21. On the next play, Leinart was sacked by John Engelberger, Larry Coyer’s “wild horse rider” who stripped the southpaw of the football, although he managed to recover. The sequence would, however, force Arizona to settle for Neil Rackers’ 38-yard field goal.
4:14 P.M. MST: After the Thanksgiving loss to the Chiefs, Nate Jackson lamented about how any good return seemed to be nullified by a flag. Finally that isn’t the case as Quincy Morgan sprinted 64 yards with the Broncos’ longest kickoff return since Adrian Madise’s 83-yarder on Dec. 28, 2003 at Green Bay.
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