Notes, thoughts and anecdotes from the second quarter of the Broncos’ clash with the Indianapolis Colts:
2:52 P.M. MST: The first-quarter stats — and they’re not too kind for the Broncos:
- Total yardage: Indianapolis 118, Denver 28.
- Yardage per play: Indianapolis 6.2, Denver 3.5.
- Passing yardage: Indianapolis 79, Denver 13.
- Passing yardage: Indianapolis 39, Denver 15.
2:53 P.M. MST: Attempt No. 2 at the deep ball is a successful one, as Plummer rolls right, David Kircus scoots left, and the two connect for a 45-yard gain — the longest pass play against Indianapolis so far in 2006.
2:54 P.M. MST: Indianapolis already has two unnecessary-roughness penalties against them; this one moves the Broncos into the Colts red zone at the Indianapolis 19.
2:56 P.M. MST: Two plays later, Rod Smith coolly runs upfield, turns back to Plummer and hauls in the pass that gives the Broncos the first goal-to-go situation of the game. Mike Bell comes into the game for the goal-line duty and gains 2 yards attempting to leap over the morass of players clogged between the hashmarks, leaving one yard still left to gain.
2:59 P.M. MST: Plummer finishes the job, lunging over the goal line for the game’s first touchdown. Denver now has scoring drives of 86 and 80 yards in its last two games, and four of their eight touchdowns this year have come in the second quarter.
3:04 P.M. MST: Denver is still looking for its first three-and-out on the Colts, as they cross midfield for the third time in as many possessions this afternoon.
3:07 P.M. MST: Peyton Manning finds Marvin Harrison for 10 yards in front of Champ Bailey; Colts are in field-goal range and the All-Pro quarterback has now completed 13 of 16 passes today, including 10 in a row.
3:08 P.M. MST: The first duel of the best red-zone offense and defense in the league goes to the Broncos, as a third-and-4 play sees Manning find Addai for a 3-yard completion to the Denver 12. Adam Vinatieri hits the 30-yard field goal to pull the Colts within 7-6.
3:14 P.M. MST: Barry Switzer might be the bootlegger’s boy, but today, Plummer is the bootleg boy, working it again to find Tony Scheffler for a 27-yard gain — easily the longest of the rookie’s career. Both of Plummer’s lengthy completions have come via the bootleg.
3:17 P.M. MST: As the game hits the two-minute warning, Plummer already has 113 yards through the air — more than he had in each of his last two games (106 vs. Baltimore, 102 vs. Oakland). He’s also averaging 12.6 yards per attempt; his season high coming into today is 8.5 at New England.
3:23 P.M. MST: A doubly good drive for the Broncos, who have moved into the Colts red zone while chewing enough clock time to give the Colts less of an opportunity to get on the scoreboard themselves. Plummer has two carries for 10 yards so far on the drive, and five carries for 22 yards today.
3:24 P.M. MST: In Green Bay, Javon Walker had the Lambeau Leap. Until we find a better name for it, let’s just say he jumped into the stands to celebrate his first touchdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Broncos have two touchdowns in a half for the first time all season.
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