Notes, thoughts and anecdotes from the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ clash with the Indianapolis Colts:
4:21 P.M. MST: Actual attendance: 76,067. A rousing, organic chant of “Here We Go Broncos” rises from the stands, rocks the stadium and rouses the fans, who are now spending the post-kickoff stoppage working themselves into a noisy lather.
4:25 P.M. MST: A huge third-and-3 from the Denver 44 went in the Colts favor, as Peyton Manning snagged a 17-yard grab after getting past Sam Brandon to move the Colts into Denver territory for the third time in as many second-half possessions.
4:27 P.M. MST: Denver’s first stop of the half comes when Manning rolled right and threw for Dallas Clark, but the toss went just beyond his reach.
4:30 P.M. MST: Adam Vinatieri just drilled a 48-yard field goal. That’s exactly why the Colts signed him in free agency. Denver trails by two, 23-21.
4:35 P.M. MST: Mike Bell continues to slam forward for tough yardage; he had 53 yards on 10 carries before sprinting into the open field for a 19-yard sprint that moves the Broncos into Colts territory.
4:38 P.M. MST: Call Cecil Sapp “The Postman,” because he rings twice today. The same play that got the Broncos into first-and-goal on their last possession — right down to the tailback shifting from a split-wide position to one behind the fullback. Sapp gained 28 yards on this one, and Mike Bell scored one play later.
4:43 P.M. MST: This might be as loud as this stadium has ever sounded. But a 29-yard Manning-to-Reggie Wayne pass just silenced it.
4:45 P.M. MST: Manning continues to singe the Broncos; he now has the Colts at the Denver 27-yard-line as the Broncos continue to search for their first sack of the day. His passer rating now stands at 122.8.
4:58 P.M. MST: Too much time on the clock after Jason Elam’s field goal? Indianapolis has its full compliment of timeouts and 109 seconds to make it into field-goal range.
5:03 P.M. MST: It would appear that way. Manning and the Colts dissected the defense, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s 37-yard field-goal attempt — which went right between the uprights, leaving two seconds on the clock. The kickoff return went for naught, and Denver’s five-game winning streak — and 13-game home winning streak — ends.
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