Notes from the third quarter of the Broncos’ showdown with the San Diego Chargers.
8:00 P.M. MST: Early field-position advantage in the second half to Denver after Cecil Sapp totes the kickoff to the San Diego 47.
8:01 P.M. MST: The Broncos take advantage, as Jake Plummer sends the ball to Rod Smith for the first time tonight, picking up 11 yards.
8:04 P.M. MST: Field position gets the Broncos three quick points to open the second half, pushing the Broncos’ lead to two scores, at 17-7.
8:09 P.M. MST: Pick-six … Darrent Williams released Vincent Jackson, waited for Keenan McCardell to reach his area, and then stepped in front of the pass, almost as though he knew Rivers was going to throw in his direction. A three-score lead for the Broncos … but they’d best be wary, for the last time the Chargers had a three-score deficit, they went straight to work and erased it in short order.
8:17 P.M. MST: What makes San Diego so dangerous is the team’s ability to shrug off a mistake and sprint downfield shortly thereafter, unencumbered by any residual lack of confidence. They replied to Williams’ interception by driving to LaDainian Tomlinson’s second touchdown of the night, 20th of the season and 100th of his career. Just like that, the Broncos’ 17-point lead is back down to 10.
8:26 P.M. MST: Three and out for the Broncos, with three incompletions. The drive only chews up 29 seconds.
8:31 P.M. MST: Touchdown, Tomlinson. The fans are stunned; the 17-point lead is down to three points in the span of 79 seconds.
8:39 P.M. MST: The Broncos managed to settle the game slightly on their final possession of the quarter, notching a pair of first downs to consume the last three and a half minutes of the period and downshift the game from its suddenly frenetic pace. They end the period, though, in need of five more yards to keep this drive alive.
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