3:48 P.M. MST: Time for the second half … Broncos actually ended the half with a 15-yard edge in total yardage, but the Vikings still have a substantial rushing-yardage advanage — 125 yards to 57.
3:48 P.M. MST: Adrian Peterson gets 31 yards on the kickoff return to the Vikings 33 … Taylor Jacobs had a chance at the tackle but couldn’t make it happen … Winds now gusting pretty heavily.
3:50 P.M. MST: Vikings now facing third-and-6 at their 37-yard-line following a deep incompletion … Seems like a fair amount of spectators on the club level have opted not to rejoin us for the second half.
3:51 P.M. MST: Gracious, that’s two drops for Troy Williamson now … Broncos will start their first second-half drive at their 23-yard-line after Chris Kluwe’s 40-yard punt goes out of bounds.
3:54 P.M. MST: Third-and-8 at the Denver 25 … Jay Cutler rolls left and finds Selvin Young for seven yards … Young hits the ground with some force after being slammed downward by Ben Leber … And it’s an eight-yard gain as a measurement gives Denver the first down.
3:56 P.M. MST: Minnesota is challenging the spot.
3:59 P.M. MST: The ruling is upheld. First down, Broncos.
4:00 P.M. MST: Somewhat of an unusual play … Cutler’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Pat Williams, and then Cutler tried to bat down the football and missed … eventually it was incomplete.
4:01 P.M. MST: Javon Walker’s grab pulls the Broncos across midfield … The sun has slipped behind some clouds and towards the horizon, and INVESCO Field is now blanketed in chilly shadows.
4:03 P.M. MST: Broncos now with fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 42 … They’re going for it … and Cutler finds Tony Scheffler for the first down and much more, down to the Vikings 24 … Nice call on the play, which saw Cutler roll to the right and find his rookie training-camp roommate to move the Broncos into scoring range after the 18-yard gain.
4:04 P.M. MST: Time out, Denver. There’s 8:19 left in the quarter.
4:07 P.M. MST: Coming out of the timeout, Cutler looks for Marshall in the end zone, but E.J. Henderson provides somewhat of a distracting influence for the incompletion … One play later, a shovel pass for Selvin Young loses a yard.
4:08 P.M. MST: Jason Elam’s 43-yard field-goal attempt splits the uprights … Denver leads, 17-3.
4:10 P.M. MST: Matt Prater’s kickoff is high, but five yards short of the goal line … Peterson returns it to the 30.
4:13 P.M. MST: Minneosta converts a short third-down attempt … and then goes backwards 11 yards as Tarvaris Jackson and Adrian Peterson have a little difficulty executing a toss pitch; Peterson simply dropped the football.
4:14 P.M. MST: Josh Mallard now up to 1.5 sacks today after getting to Jackson and pulling him down by the ankles.
4:15 P.M. MST: Minnesota picks up 19 but needed 24, so Chris Kluwe will punt.
4:18 P.M. MST: Brandon Marshall has catch No. 99 for the season.
4:19 P.M. MST: And there’s 100 receptions for Marshall, via an 8-yard grab. He is the fifth Bronco in franchise history and the third second-year player in NFL history to post a 100-catch season — the other two are Larry Fitzgerald and Isaac Bruce.
4:20 P.M. MST: One play later, Marshall rushes seven yards on the end-around for the first down.
4:21 P.M. MST: End of the quarter.
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