Third-quarter thoughts …
3:14 P.M. PST: For the moment, at least, the bounces that went against the Broncos for the first 30 minutes of the game have gone in their favor for the five-plus that have followed — and in the midst of all that, Jay Cutler directed his most impressive drive as Denver’s starting quarterback. A strip of the football from Antonio Cromartie on a kickoff return and a bounce of the ball off Terrence Kiel later, the Broncos are back in this game after leaving the field at intermission with their biggest halftime deficit in the last two seasons.
3:21 P.M. PST: Pressure … exactly what the Broncos needed on Philip Rivers, exactly what they got to send the Bolts backwards on a second down and into an incompletion on third-and-7. But Denver will begin its next drive at its 6-yard-line after Darrent Williams lost yardage backtracking on a punt return.
3:23 P.M. PST: A timely pass-interference call gets the Broncos to their 15-yard-line and out of field-position purgatory. Cutler then zings a football to Javon Walker for 17 yards, and the Broncos are moving once again.
3:27 P.M. PST: Cutler seems to have been blessed with a blaster for an arm and the cool accuracy of Han Solo to go along with it — at least that’s what he showed finding Scheffler across the middle to move Denver into San Diego territory for the third time this quarter.
3:28 P.M. PST: San Diego’s crowd, sensing their hometowners need a boost, reaches its loudest point of the half. Denver still gets a first down at the San Diego 13, though, after Drayton Florence yanks Rod Smith for a pass-interference penalty.
3:29 P.M. PST: Full blitz, and Stephen Cooper pushes Cutler and the Broncos back eight yards with the sack.
3:33 P.M. PST: In the span of less than 10 minutes, the Broncos have turned a 25-point, four-score deficit into an eight-point, one-score hole.
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