7:20 P.M. MDT: Broncos begin the second quarter at the Green Bay 1 after Andre Hall closed the first period with a 6-yard bull-rush in which he carried some Green Bay defenders.
7:21 P.M. MDT: Disaster strikes as Cutler doesn’t get a handle on the snap … Nick Barnett recovers … Cutler pulled back and didn’t have a grip on the football … Remember, this is Chris Myers’ second game starting at center in place of Tom Nalen. A horrible missed opportunity for the Broncos; Packers take over at their 1.
7:23 P.M. MDT: South stands on their feet … DeShawn Wynn gets nothing as he slams into the left side of the line of scrimmage.
7:24 P.M. MDT: Pack out of trouble as Favre finds Donald Lee … Tony Kornheiser describes the fumble at the goal line as “a microcosm of their season.”
7:25 P.M. MDT: Alvin McKinley charged for holding … They’re just getting around to giving the Packers’ starting offense? Well, this is only their seventh play of the game.
7:27 P.M. MDT: ESPN’s Michele Tafoya reports that John Lynch is being examined on the sideline; the team trainers are looking at his hand and neck, she says.
7:28 P.M. MDT: Pack offense percolating now; another pass to Donald Lee has the Packers at the Denver 41.
7:29 P.M. MDT: Domonique Foxworth at safety and he is playing way, way deep, with Nick Ferguson cheating to the line of scrimmage on first-and-10 from the 41 … Press-box announcement: Lynch is probable to return with a pinched nerve … As that announcement is made, Ryan Grant slams his way up the right side through Broncos defenders for 24 yards to the Denver 17.
7:30 P.M. MDT: Antwon Burton is down on the field … Packers running back DeShawn Wynn is questionable to return with a shoulder injury … Broncos called for 12 men on the field; Packers now have first-and-5 at the Denver 12 … Burton walks off the field slowly but under his own power.
7:32 P.M. MDT: McRib is back.
7:33 P.M. MDT: Ryan Grant slams through a hole up the right side for six yards … Packers in first-and-goal.
7:35 P.M. MDT: Burton will return; he sprained his right ankle … Packers have third-and-goal at the 4 … empty backfield … four wide receivers, one tight end … Broncos call timeout; according to Ron Jaworski — and my admittedly quick count — they had 12 men on the field.
7:38 P.M. MDT: Inside handoff to Grant … great tackle by D.J. Williams to hold him up at the 1-yard-line … Green Bay brings the field-goal team out here … watch the fake, perhaps?
7:39 P.M. MDT: No fake … Mason Crosby drills the short field goal … A 98-yard Packers drive, but the Broncos hold them at the end.
7:42 P.M. MDT: Cutler had Daniel Graham on second-and-6 from the Denver 24, but he one-hopped the pass … third-and-6, and Cutler goes across the middle, but the pass is incomplete; Brandon Marshall and Glenn Martinez were in the area.
7:44 P.M. MDT: Charles Woodson tackled by Steve Cargile after a three-yard return of a 38-yard punt … a net of 35 yards as the Packers take over at their 41.
7:45 P.M. MDT: Inside handoff to Grant by the Favre … an interesting-looking play, but effective for nine yards … third-and-1 at midfield … Nate Webster slams Grant to the ground, but not until after he’d gained four yards.
7:47 P.M. MDT Foxworth still patrolling deep at safety as Lynch remains sidelined.
7:48 P.M. MDT: Burton back in the game … Packers remain ground-bound as they advance to the Denver 36.
7:49 P.M. MDT: Near-interception by Champ Bailey in the right flat … Now third-and-10 for the Packers at the Denver 36 … Packers clearly in the range of cannon-legged kicker Mason Crosby.
7:49 P.M. MDT: But that doesn’t matter right now, because Dre’ Bly slips as he tries to get position to tackle Greg Jennings on the flanker screen. Twenty yards later, the Packers are at the Denver 16 at the two-minute warning.
7:53 P.M. MDT: Packers now at the 4-yard-line after a screen pass to Vernand Morency and a face-mask infraction against Nick Ferguson … 1:52 left … Broncos have two of their three timeouts remaining, FYI … Grant takes a handoff to the right side and hits the ground just inches from the goal line.
7:54 P.M. MDT: Broncos take timeout with 1:39 left in the half as the ball sits roughly four inches from paydirt.
7:55 P.M. MDT: False start, Packers … Tony Moll, who was eligible, lifted up on the play … Grant runs for two yards on the ensuing play … Denver takes its third timeout with 1:33 left in the half … Pack will have third-and-goal at the 3.
7:58 P.M. MDT: Third-and-goal at the 8 after a false-start penalty … Favre’s pass skips beyond Donald Driver and is incomplete … Denver’s defense now has two goal-line stops … Fellow Web-ster Kyle Sonneman suggests the Packers might fake here, but Crosby drills the 26-yarder … 86 seconds left in the half. Two goal-line stands from the defense are keeping the Broncos in it.
8:02 P.M. MDT: Broncos take over at the 20 but go backwards quickly after Aaron Kampman sacks Cutler for a 10-yard loss … clock ticking down as the Broncos huddle up … Broncos keep it on the ground, giving it to Selvin Young, who picks up four yards … Green Bay takes its first of three timeouts with 33 seconds left in the half.
8:04 P.M. MDT: Three-and-out for Denver … danergous time now for the Broncos, even though an outstanding punt by Todd Sauerbrun and good coverage — total net on the play was 49 yards — helped. The Pack has two timeouts and a kicker who could hit it from 67 or 68 yards here.
8:05 P.M. MDT: Holding on the Packers on first-and-10 from their 37. That will help Denver’s cause. Just 11 seconds left in the half now … Morency runs for eight through the defense, but Jason Spitz takes his second holding penalty in as many snaps … Green Bay now in first-and-30 … and they take a knee. Halftime.
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