8:20 P.M. MDT: Fairly crucial 30 minutes forthcoming here for the Broncos. Their defense needs to keep the Packers from mounting clock-gobbling drives; their offense needs to return to its first-quarter form. In the first quarter, Denver ran 24 plays to Green Bay’s four; in the second Green Bay ran 27 plays to Denver’s seven.
8:23 P.M. MDT: Alvin McKinley’s second holding penalty of the night costs the Broncos a three-and-out stop. Green Bay moves to its 33.
8:24 P.M: MDT: A 16-yard pass from Favre to James Jones has the Packers at the Denver 49 … Crowd is very tepid; not much noise.
8:26 P.M. MDT: Pack going back(wards) … now at the Denver 40 … third-and-19 … Crowd making some noise again … screen pass to Vernand Morency gets about two yards, maybe three. Green Bay will punt. Broncos ‘D’ got the stop it needed.
8:30 P.M. MDT: A promising drive so far … A pass to Brandon Marshall, a Selvin Young carry and an illegal-contact infraction on Al Harris has Denver at the Green Bay 43.
8:32 P.M. MDT: Cecil Sapp gets the ball for the first time on a 4-yard reception … Broncos have third-and-3 at the Green Bay 36, in the heart of No Man’s Land (perhaps too far to kick, but too short to punt) … Cutler keeps it himself for seven yards to the 29.
8:34 P.M. MDT: A screen play to Young loses six yards as the Packers have the play disgnosed perfectly, with Johnny Jolly shoving aside Chris Kuper. Young had no chance … Third-and-15, and Cutler finds Glenn Martinez, who’s growing into a pretty nice clutch receiver. He picks up 18 yards and the Broncos are in the red zone for the third time tonight.
8:35 P.M. MDT: But the Broncos exit the red zone after a holding penalty against Erik Pears, which nullifies a short pass to Andre Hall that would have taken Denver inside the 10.
8:36 P.M. MDT: Young picks up seven to the right side, but Martinez is called for holding … Some boos fly as the Broncos are now back at the Green Bay 31. Broncos now have first-and-25.
8:40 P.M. MDT: A short pass to Selvin Young allows the Broncos to regain some traction, but they are in third-and-14 at the 20 … Cutler in the shotgun … Packers fans making some noise … Cutler in a boatload of trouble and he is sacked by Aaron Kampman. Packers brought four men on the rush.
8:41 P.M. MDT: Jason Elam’s 45-yard attempt is … good. Broncos have 10 points from three red-zone forays; they trail 13-10 with 3:00 left in the quarter.
8:46 P.M. MDT: Packers will start at their 10-yard-line to begin this drive … Crowd getting into it again.
8:47 P.M. MDT: Packers have a first down in spite of Domonique Foxworth’s best efforts to sling Greg Jennings backwards.
8:49 P.M. MDT: Favre working the short middle on this drive … Packers now at their 31 … Last play of the quarter sees him go outside to Jennings up to the 45.
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