The second half begins with Brian Clark returning the opening kickoff to the Denver 34-yard-line. Punter/kickoff specialist Paul Ernster was practicing field goals just before the half began; regular kicker Jason Elam hobbled off the field after hitting a 41-yard field goal just before halftime.
8:04 P.M. MST: Another Jay Cutler third-down completion … quite impressively, one might add, with pressure from Bryce Fisher bearing down upon him. He found Javon Walker — who was blanketed by cornerback Kelly Jennings — to keep Denver’s opening second-half possession alive.
8:08 P.M. MST: But it doesn’t last long, as the Broncos advanced near field-goal range, then moved backward, first with a holding penalty on Mike Bell, then when Bell fumbled the football, giving Seattle possession at its 46-yard-line.
8:13 P.M. MST: Another three-and-out for Denver’s defense, which so far tonight is tackling exactly as defensive coordinator Larry Coyer would like. Denver has outagined Seattle 203 yards to 79 so far tonight.
8:17 P.M. MST: Tatum Bell returns to action on this possession, gains 9 yards on two runs, then turns the work over to Cecil Sapp, who sprints 20 yards on a third-and-1 to get the Broncos to their 40-yard-line. Denver is now outrushing Seattle 170 yards to 31.
8:18 P.M. MST: Jay Cutler is sacked to end the possession, but Paul Ernster notches a net of 44 yards on the punt, leaving Seattle to start its second possession of the quarter at its 27.
8:22 P.M. MST: Shaun Alexander just gained as many yards on one carry as he had on his previous 10. One play later, he reverses field to transform a potential 4-yard loss into a 7-yard gain, and the Seahawks are across midfield.
8:25 P.M. MST: A lob up the left sideline. Champ Bailey in pursuit. The ball flying near the end zone. Looks like most of Bailey’s interceptions this year. In the words of Darth Vader, “All too easy.” Denver’s defense stops Seattle once again; it needs some support from the offense, which has been a party to all 20 of the game’s points tonight.
8:28 P.M. MST: Three and out — the Broncos’ first such drive since early in the second quarter. Paul Ernster’s punt sails 55 yards, but no Broncos are in the area of Nate Burleson as he fields the punt, allowing him a 12-yard return — which is promptly negated by an illegal-block-in-the-back infraction on Joe Tafoya.
8:30 P.M. MST: Cold As Ice by Foreigner as NBC goes into commercial. Appropriate choice.
8:32 P.M. MST: Shaun Alexander goes 12 yards on the first play of this Seattle possession and Al Wilson is going Mauna Kea afterwards. It might be 18 degrees right now in Denver; in the vicinity of the obviously furious linebacker it’s roughly 1,400 degrees higher.
8:34 P.M. MST: Three plays later, the Broncos force a punt … that promptly dribbles back to the Denver 1-yard-line.
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