9:30 P.M. CDT: Dallas quickly into scoring range as they look to reply to Denver’s 90-yard lightning bolt. A pair of Tyson Thompson runs helped the Cowboys move into the Denver red zone; the Cowboys now stand at the Denver 16.
9:40 P.M. CDT: Well, time to try again since the Internet connection is fading in and out like a radio signal from 1,000 miles away. Dallas up 31-13 after Isaiah Stanback — converted from quarterback — snagged a 15-yard pass from Brad Johnson. Denver deep in its own territory, facing second-and-20 after a holding penalty — the third 10-yard infraction on the offensive line in the last four series.
9:43 P.M. CDT: Broncos starting to rock it on third downs now … a 21-yard Patrick Ramsey-to-Quincy Morgan strike has the Broncos at the Dallas 41. Ramsey operating out of the shotgun now as the Broncos are in comeback mode, going with long-yardage offense and at least three wideouts on every down now.
9:47 P.M. CDT: Ramsey and Morgan connect for the touchdown, but give credit to Domenik Hixon for getting downfield and spawning contact that led to a pass-interference penalty which set the Broncos up in first-and-goal. Two plays later, Ramsey flung his second touchdown pass of the game, pulling the Broncos back within 11 points at 31-20.
9:58 P.M. CDT: Denver coaxes a punt, and now we get a chance to see Darrell Hackney in a comeback scenario. Hackney showed some late-game promise during a move-the-ball drill against the Cowboys on Thursday, when he converted a fourth-and-long to keep a drive alive. Right now, though, he’s in third-and-10 from the Denver 49.
10:00 P.M. CDT: No fourth-down magic — just an interception by Bobby Carpenter with 2:46 remaining.
10:05 P.M. CDT: Excellent open-field stop by Jeff Shoate to set up third-and-10 with 1:38 reamining. Broncos could get one more possession here — one more chance for Hackney to show some end-game skills.
10:07 P.M. CDT: But there’s only 22 seconds left. Hackney takes a knee, and that’s game.
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