5:51 P.M. EDT: The half opens with the Colts turning to Joseph Addai, who moves the Colts to the Denver 44 via a 17-yard run to the right side.
5:52 P.M. EDT: No sign of Marvin Harrison for the Colts, but they keep on moving; they get 12 more yards and are at the Denver 44.
5:53 P.M. EDT: Bryan Fletcher with a 21-yard catch across the middle … Addai then goes for 12 more up the middle. Colts are having a field day in the heart of Denver’s coverage on this drive.
5:54 P.M. EDT: Denver had Addai in its sights for a 3-yard loss in the backfield, but Crowder can’t finish the tackle, leaving Addai room to get to the 1-yard-line … Indy scores one play later, capping a ruthlessly smooth drive that extends their lead to eight points.
5:57 P.M. EDT: Hixon brought down in the open field … Broncos will start at their 15. The field-of-position disparity on drive starts continues to widen.
5:58 P.M. EDT: Jay Cutler looks left for Brandon Marshall and is intercepted by Marlin Jackson. Indianapolis is at the Denver 24 and the Broncos are in some serious trouble with 10:58 left in the third quarter.
6:00 P.M. EDT: Marshall and Head Coach Mike Shanahan are conversing on the Denver sideline.
6:01 P.M. EDT: Nate Webster flagged in the end zone … Colts at the Denver 19 with an automatic first down.
6:04 P.M. EDT: Third-and-goal … touchdown. Indianapolis now 4-of-4 in the red zone this afternoon after Manning and Clark collaborate on a second touchdown of the day.
6:08 P.M. EDT: Broncos need a big drive now … and it does not begin well for them as Cutler fires wide of Tony Scheffler under pressure.
6:09 P.M. EDT: Cutler hands to Travis Henry, who promptly gains 11 yards up the left side for a first down.
6:10 P.M. EDT: Are the Broncos in four-down territory so early? They have third-and-1 at their 41 … but we won’t find out about the four-down thing now, because Cutler rolls left and finds a wide-open Cecil Sapp off the playfake for 10 yards and a first down at the Colts 49.
6:11 P.M. EDT: Cutler starting to look a little more comfortable on this drive, particularly on rollouts.
6:12 P.M. EDT: Travis Henry is down and being treated on the field.
6:14 P.M. EDT: Henry rises and leaves under his own power, but walked very slowly as he departed the field.
6:15 P.M. EDT: Cutler relying on Daniel Graham on this drive; he makes the catch to keep the drive alive. Selvin Young now in at running back.
6:18 P.M. EDT: Young gets going and now has the Broncos at the Indianapolis 2-yard-line, as he slams his way through the Indy defense.
6:19 P.M. EDT: Flags aplenty as the Broncos run a second-and-1 play from the Indy 2-yard-line … No wonder, the Colts had too many men on the field, leaving the Broncos in second-and-a-microscopic-yard, about 40 inches from the end zone.
6:20 P.M. EDT: The Broncos basically had a potential seven plays to score … and they only needed one as Cutler slams forward for the touchdown to cap a 14-play, 79-yard drive.
6:21 P.M. EDT: Henry is listed as questionable to return with a right ankle sprain, but the way he looked as he left the field, I’d be shocked if he returned.
6:23 P.M. EDT: Steve Cargile makes an outstanding tackle on the kickoff return, finally forcing the Colts to start from somewhat dubious field position, at their 17-yard-line.
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