2:48 P.M. MST: Press box sopaipillas. I feel like I’m at Casa Bonita.
2:49 P.M. MST: A third-down stop as the quarter begins … Tarvaris Jackson rolled right and D.J. Williams was there to disrupt the play … Vikings settle for Ryan Longwell’s 22-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.
2:52 P.M. MST: Broncos will start this drive at their 26.
2:55 P.M. MST: Selvin Young with a 19-yard gain up the left side to the Denver 45 … one play later, Denver is across midfield.
2:57 P.M. MST: Gracious … Glenn Martinez takes a shot while going for a pass … E.J. Henderson draws a personalf-oul penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver … Martinez eventually leaves the field under his own power.
2:59 P.M. MST: Two plays later, touchdown … Jay Cutler looks left and finds Brandon Marshall, who gained some separation from Cedric Griffin in the left side of the end zone … Broncos lead, 7-3.
3:01 P.M. MST: Matt Prater on the field for his first Mile High City kickoff … Adrian Peterson (!) back deep … low line drive, fielded at the goal line … and he plows through the kick coverage for 31 yards.
3:05 P.M. MST: Broncos force the Vikings into a third down … It will be third-and-5.
3:06 P.M. MST: Two consecutive third-down stops … Josh Mallard, who is becoming something of a sack-producing machine, got to Jackson after Elvis Dumervil collapsed the pocket … Broncos will take over at their 17 after a 50-yard punt goes out of bounds.
3:09 P.M. MST: Broncos quickly to their 36 after a Marshall reception and a 4-yard Young carry.
3:11 P.M. MST: Ben Leber ropes down Cutler; he waited back at his linebacker slot and then zoomed into the backfield unblocked … One play after the 12-yard loss, Cutler finds Tony Scheffler for a 9-yard pass, but it’s not enough and Denver will punt.
3:14 P.M. MST: Vikings begin at their 28 after Paulescu gets a net of 39 yards on his punt … Jackson goes back to pass, and has Troy Williamson all by himself in the open field, virtually with his own zip code to himself … and the football bounces through his hands and to the ground. A sure touchdown dropped.
3:15 P.M. MST: Chester Taylor gains 13 yards on the next play.
3:16 P.M. MST: Fumble … John Engelberger’s hit at the Minnesota 48 jars loose the football and Elvis Dumervil recovers.
3:17 P.M. MST: Next play, still another fumble … Brandon Marshall lost the football while being hit by Chad Greenway as he reversed is field to try and gain more yardage, but he managed to recover it.
3:18 P.M. MST: Nice run by Selvin Young up the left sideline for a 31-yard touchdown … but a Chris Kuper holding infraction brings it back. Kuper’s holding was what allowed Young to slip into the open field anyway; without it, Kevin Williams would have likely corralled Young for a 3-yard loss.
3:20 P.M. MST: A Scheffler reception gets a first down, and then Andre Hall picks up another first down on the next play … and then Cutler finds Brandon Marshall, who stops, starts and darts his way down to the 2-yard-line … Denver offense percolating.
3:21 P.M. MST: Young loses a yard on the first-and-goal play.
3:22 P.M. MST: Second-and-goal … Matt Lepsis is eligible as Ryan Harris checks in … but first, the two-minute warning.
3:23 P.M. MST: Touchdown … Cutler to Scheffler, just past the goal line … 14-3 with 1:54 left in the half.
3:25 P.M. MST: Peterson back to field the ensuing kickoff.
3:28 P.M. MST: Touchback as Peterson can’t field the football on the fly.
3:29 P.M. MST: Minnesota averaging 6.6 yards per rush and 3.4 yards per pass play so far … and a third-down pass goes nowhere as Taylor is swallowed by Jamie Winborn … Broncos call timeout with 1:20 left on the clock.
3:32 P.M. MST: An unnecessary roughness call on Domonique Foxworth for hitting a Viking out of bounds means the Broncos will start at their 19-yard-line.
3:32 P.M. MST: Young gains 8 yards on a pitchout to the right side, and the Broncos do not call timeout … next snap comes with 40 seconds left in the half, and Young gains a yard … Broncos making no attempt to stop the clock … They can let the clock run dry, and they will. Halftime — Broncos lead, 14-3.
Tags: Minnesota Vikings