Fourth-quarter notes from Arrowhead Stadium …
9:29 P.M. CST: Denver’s red-zone defense is now three-for-four in keeping the Chiefs out of the end zone, and only an Ebenezer Ekuban penalty has kept the Broncos from perfection inside their 20-yard-line. The question as the Broncos begin their first drive of the final quarter is this — can the offense capitalize off of the second chances the defense has provided it?
9:30 P.M. CST: Not a good first answer to that question, as Mike Bell drops the potential reception on first-and-10 from the Denver 29. Stephen Alexander gets 11 yards one play later, however, and the Broncos are starting to move.
9:33 P.M. CST: Rod Smith’s catch on the drive is his first catch of at least 20 yards this season, as media-relations graduate assistant Denver Parler quickly pointed out before Smith got back up from the tackle. Denver, though, now has third-and-12 from the Kansas City 39, and the crowd is noisier than a day-care center.
9:34 P.M. CST: Third-and-12 … incomplete, and the Broncos punt.
9:44 P.M. CST: If you saw the Broncos’ first interception of the night from a distance, you’d have thought Champ Bailey made the pickoff … it just looked like the kind of play that the All-Pro makes with gusto. This interception, though, belonged to Darrent Williams, who persistently battled upfield for a return to the Kansas City 36.
9:46 P.M. CST: Just like that, a three-and-out and an opportunity lost.
9:47 P.M. CST: Kyle Johnson might have saved the Broncos about 25 yards of field position. Paul Ernster’s 52-yard punt was a low line-drive, but Johnson sprinted downfield and managed to contort his body to where he could tackle Dante Hall as the returner fell to the ground at the Kansas City 10.
9:51 P.M. CST: Twenty-six yards to Samie Parker on third-and-6. That play will likely cost the Broncos at least two minutes of clock time, let alone the damage from the yardage.
9:54 P.M. CST: Michael Bennett, spelling Larry Johnson, gains an extra 30 yards after Curome Cox can’t come up with the diving tackle. Another red-zone stop for a field goal will still put the Broncos two scores behind with under three minutes to play.
9:56 P.M. CST: With an ankle tackle of Larry Johnson, Champ Bailey just saved a touchdown.
9:58 P.M. CST: But Lawrence Tynes cleans up with a 21-yard field goal, putting the Broncos behind two scores with 2:42 to play and one timeout.
9:59 P.M. CST: Brian Clark arises slowly after his kickoff return, but is able to walk off the field and put weight on both of his legs.
10:04 P.M. CST: One hundred seconds to go, and the Broncos offense is going backwards … a sack and a 5-yard penalty.
10:05 P.M. CST: Three plays later, and that’s game.
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