7:15 P.M. MST: Second quarter … here we go.
7:16 P.M. MST: Nice tackle by Hamza Abdullah on Roydell Williams, who slammed the Tulane alumnus to the ground … third-and-2 now for the Titans … who continue their third-down success with a Vince Young-to-Justin Gage pass.
7:18 P.M. MST: Young finds Brandon Jones in front of Dre’ Bly … 21 yards, touchdown … Young pumped left, went right … the pump allowed Jones to find just enough space to break from Bly’s watch … 14-7, 1:45 into the second quarter.
7:20 P.M. MST: A disconcerting statistic — Tennessee is 5-of-7 on third downs. Titans have run 24 plays to the Broncos’ 6, and the Titans have controlled the ball for 14:02 to the Broncos’ 3:13. Denver’s offense needs to chew some clock on this series, because the defense could be getting a tad tired.
7:25 P.M. MST: Broncos use a timeout after gaining 20 on a pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Stokley.
7:28 P.M. MST: Titans find a way to stop the Broncos’ passing game — commit a 38-yard pass-interference penalty. Broncos now at the Tennessee 11.
7:29 P.M. MST: Broncos settle for a 21-yard field-goal attempt after Selvin Young loses a yard on third-and-short … Broncos now lead 17-7 after Jason Elam knocks it home.
7:33 P.M. MST: Todd Sauerbrun’s kickoffs getting shorter as they go north to south, against the wind; this one didn’t make it to the end zone … Crowd getting loud now; forces Vince Young to take a timeout on first-and-10 from the Tennessee 10.
7:35 P.M. MST: Titans get out of purgatory quickly; Young finds Denver native Bo Scaife for 20.
7:36 P.M. MST: Broncos liberally using two defensive linemen who weren’t even with the team just 14 days ago — Josh Mallard and Kenny Peterson.
7:37 P.M. MST: Nate Webster loses his helmet … it’s just like training camp again.
7:38 P.M. MST: Young starting to get into hold-your-breath territory … just moving around, making plays by himself, keeping them alive … getting very dangerous. Crowd coming to life on third-and-3 … and Young finds Justin Gage for eight yards to keep the drive alive. Again, Young and the Titans are devouring the Broncos ‘D’ on third downs.
7:40 P.M. MST: LenDale White fumbles … Broncos recover … defense gets the big play it needs just as it was starting to wheeze a bit … Marcus Thomas with the square-up tackle to force it; Ian Gold recovers … Huge play, because the defense was getting gassed.
7:41 P.M. MST: Broncos now face third-and-5 after Cutler’s pass for Brandon Stokley overshoots the wideout; it’s Cutler’s first incompletion after connecting on his first six tosses.
7:42 P.M. MST: Nice call on the toss pitch to Young … get him the ball in space … picks up the yardage the Broncos need … the crowd has filled in quite nicely, by the way.
7:44 P.M. MST: Great creativity by the Broncos on the playcalling … Brandon Marshall on the end-around for 16 with the pump-fake to the right side … nicely done.
7:48 P.M. MST: Back from the two-minute warning … Jay Cutler’s pass for Glenn Martinez is low and incomplete.
7:49 P.M. MST: Broncos now up 20-7 after Elam hits a 39-yard field goal … It is the 384th of his career, passing Nick Lowery for fifth all-time.
7:50 P.M. MST: Titans have 1:45 to get downfield … they pick up 14 yards on the first play, a Young-to-Gage pass … Chris Brown takes a short pass and runs through the secondary, two members of which miss potential tackles … Titans at the Denver 48; 1:10 left; Titans with two timeouts.
7:54 P.M. MST: Young continuing to dissect the defense … Titans now at the Denver 38 … I’m quite stunned, frankly, that the officials aren’t reviewing the Young-to-Scaife play … it looked like Scaife might have had his left hand under the football … Broncos catch a break.
7:55 P.M. MST: After a failed third-down deep pass … Rob Bironas comes onto the field for a 56-yard kick with 14 seconds left … he missed the first kick, but the Broncos call timeout.
7:57 P.M. MST: And Bironas hits the rekick. “The ice melts,” says ESPN’s Mike Tirico. Broncos’ lead is now 20-10.
7:59 P.M. MST: A 9-yard Selvin Young run takes us to halftime.
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