7:04 P.M. MDT: Dre’ Bly has a bruised shoulder after the interception … his return is probable.
7:06 P.M. MDT: Denver’s first turnover of the game … Jay Cutler for Brandon Marshall in double coverage, intercepted in the end zone. Anthony Smith nabbed it for the touchback.
7:07 P.M. MDT: Pittsburgh now averaging 3.75 yards per carry on its four rushes so far …
7:07 P.M. MDT: Well, make that 8.2 yards a rush after Parker sprints 26 yards up the left side to the Denver 49.
7:08 P.M. MDT: As some Broncos fans brandish their pom-poms, Steelers fans bust out their towels. One visible symbol of loyalty begat another. The result — a crowd awash in color as the Steelers have third-and-4 at the Denver 43 … and the Broncos get the stop after John Lynch barely missed Ben Roethlisberger on the potential sack … R’berger got away, but his pass for Hines Ward was too far and went incomplete.
7:12 P.M. MDT: Broncos start at their 14 after Glenn Martinez calls for the fair catch … Travis Henry gets 4 yards to the 16; he has 29 yards on eight carries so far, good for 3.6 yards a rush.
7:13 P.M. MDT: Well, that average took a dip after he gained one yard on the next play; he’s now at nine carries for 30 yards.
7:15 P.M. MDT: Cutler’s third-down pass skips off Marshall’s hands near the left sideline. Marshall still looking for his first reception as the Broncos go three-and-out.
7:17 P.M. MDT: Steelers start at their 32 … now at their 31 after losing a yard on first down … and great prnetration by John Lynch and Jarvis Moss to snuff out the second-and-11 draw play; Pittsburgh now has third-and-14.
7:18 P.M. MDT: R’berger steps out of a collapsing pocket to find Santonio Holmes; Pittsburgh keeps its drive alive with a 16-yard play to its 44.
7:19 P.M. MDT: Steelers challenging a pass ruled incomplete, but it looked like the football hit the ground before Hines Ward could finish hauling it in.
7:22 P.M. MDT: The incompletion stands.
7:23 P.M. MDT: Third-and-9 now for the Steelers at their 45 … Steelers are third-and-5 on third downs so far … R’berger in the shoutgun, finds Ward, but it skips off the wideout’s hands and into those of D.J. Williams … Broncos will take over at their 39 … Need to capitalize off the solid field position.
7:28 P.M. MDT: A splendid decision by Cutler to keep it himself and take off into an acreage of open territory; he finally goes down at the Pittsburgh 15, when Troy Polamalu went for Cutler’s head, drawing a personal-foul penalty.
7:29 P.M. MDT: Now first-and-goal, and Henry gets six yards to the 1 … Some nice running from No. 20 on this drive; he earlier made a nice cut and sprint upfield for six yards to get things going.
7:30 P.M. MDT: No gain for Henry on second-and-goal; Broncos about 10 inches shy of the goal line now.
7:30 P.M. MDT: Short pass to the fullback in the flat … touchdown, Cecil Sapp. Broncos lead for the first time this month, 14-7.
7:33 P.M. MDT: Steelers with the ball at their 28 … now to the 35 after Willie Parker scoots right for 7.
7:34 P.M. MDT: Steelers on the move now at the Denver 38; R’berger found Heath Miller for 27.
7:35 P.M. MDT: Nice pass rush by Marcus Thomas on first down, but he fell just short of R’berger, who managed to get away a pass that was practically a spike at Parker’s feet.
7:36 P.M. MDT: Fumble … R’berger loses it … in the mayhem, Tim Crowder picks it up and scoots the distance … gaining distance between himself and the Steelers chasing him with every step … touchdown for the rookie … Elvis Dumervil credited with the sack and fumble … holy crap!
7:37 P.M. MDT: Denver’s young pass rushers are growing stronger as the game progresses tonight … Duemrvil was there, along with Marcus Thomas (two nice pass rushes in a row for the rookie) … The ball squirted loose, and Crowder, who was standing near the pile of humanity on the ground, alertly picked up the loose football and took off.
7:39 P.M. MDT: A crash course in McKinleynomics as Alvin McKinley gets to R’berger for the sack … “He’s standing in the mountains, so he’s Mt. McKinley,” says Kyle Sonneman, who will be quite peeved that I credit him with such a pun, even through he did say it.
7:40 P.M. MDT: R’berger gets out of pressure and finds Ward at the Pittsburgh 39 as the two-minute warning arrives.
7:43 P.M. MDT: Crowd getting the “Dee-fense” chant going … Steelers to their 48 … clock ticking … great pressure from Dumervil on second-and-1 … pass incomplete, but a flag flies … no foul on the play, because “it was unintentional by the left tackle.” What is “it”? Help us out, Mr. Referee.
7:44 P.M. MDT: Steelers to midfield as Najeh Davenport gets the carry. “Davenport!” I hear his name and I think of the scene with Eugene Levy in National Lampoon’s Vacation.
7:45 P.M. MDT: Ward with a reception for 18 yards to the Denver 31. Steelers have one timeout left. Clock ticking … R’berger in trouble again, directs traffic, looks for the end zone and nearly has his pass intercepted by Bly at the goal line.
7:47 P.M. MDT: Steelers called for illegal touching, which is declined, preserving second-and-10 at the Denver 31.
7:48 P.M. MDT: Still more pressure from the Broncos’ pass rushers … finally it results in a Steelers holding penalty, on Kendall Simmons … Fourteen seconds left in the half and the Steelers have second-and-20 at the Denver 41.
7:49 P.M. MDT: Dumervil with his second sack of the night … he’s having a whopper of an evening … Three seconds left and the Steelers call timeout with the line of scrimmage at the Denver 47.
7:50 P.M. MDT: A chance at history? Jeff Reed is coming onto the field for what would be a 65-yard field-goal attempt.
7:51 P.M. MDT: It’s short, Bly fields it and it’s halftime.
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