Notes from the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ showdown with the San Diego Chargers.
8:42 P.M. MST: Mike Bell got just enough on fourth-and-1 to keep Denver’s drive alive, moving the Broncos to the San Diego 42.
8:47 P.M. MST: Perhaps Marty Schottnehimer couldn’t believe that Javon Walker made the grab near the east sideline that moved the Broncos into San Diego’s red zone. The Chargers’ replay challenge failed, however, and the Broncos kept possession at the San Diego 18.
8:50 P.M. MST: As the Broncos face third-and-7 from the 15, they do so having already consumed seven minutes and five seconds of the second half. It won’t be much more, though, as Jake Plummer drops the shotgun snap.
8:53 P.M. MST: Jason Elam’s secnd field goal of the night caps a drive that chewed up seven minutes and 38 seconds; the Chargers, though, are down only one score and have back-to-back touchdown drives in their rear-view mirror.
8:57 P.M. MST: The Chargers gained 155 yards on the 13 plays that followed Williams’ interception return for a touchdown — an average of 11.9 yards per play.
9:00 P.M. MST: Vincent Jackson, a Colorado Springs native, has a nine-inch advantage on Darrent Williams — and he used it for the touchdown reception that gives San Diego a one-point lead with 6:45 remaining.
9:07 P.M. MST: Denver uses three plays to get a first down, moving to the San Diego 32. The clock drips below the five-minute mark.
9:08 P.M. MST: Exactly what the Broncos didn’t want on a drive that has begun with a ball-control bent — a 6-yard loss for Damien Nash, pushing the Broncos into second-and-16. Nash, though, picks up 12 yards on the ensuing screen pass, setting up a crucial third-and-4 from the Denver 38.
9:09 P.M. MST: Plummer looks for Brandon Marshall, who tries to make a one-handed reception up the right sideline. He gestures for a flag, but doesn’t get one.
9:11 P.M. MST: Denver down to one timeout after opting to go for it on fourth down, and Jake Plummer is intercepted by Drayton Florence, who returns it to the Denver 24.
9:33 P.M. MST: A wild last few minutes doesn’t help Denver, which falls 35-27 to fall one game behind in the AFC West race.
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