Q3 15:00: Bengals will receive the second half kickoff. Andre Caldwell is back deep, but Prater sends him five-deep for the touchback.
Q3 14:57: Two short completions and the Bengals have a first down at the 34-yard line. Palmer is being victimized by his receivers dropping the ball, this time Jeremi Johnson drops the first down pass.
Q3 13:00: Third-and-seven, Palmer with running backs on each side, finds Coles… but he drops another one. Fourth down, and Eddie Royal is back for Huber’s kick. Royal looks for space, but doesn’t find much and there is a flag. But the refs pick up the flag, first down Broncos at the 14.
Q3 12:33: Knowshon Moreno gets the first carry of the half, but he slips and loses four yards. And the Broncos are going the wrong direction as Daniel Graham is whistled for a false start. A short run by Moreno and it is third-and-13… Orton hits Marshall, but he is short of the first down. Kern is back out, and it goes off the side of his foot, good field position for the Bengals.
Q3 10:07: Bengals start their drive at the Broncos 45-yard line. On second down Mario Haggan comes blazing in for the sack and loss of 10 yards. Third-and-14, sacked again, this time by Darrell Reid.
Q3 8:23: The Broncos will start pushed back again, as Jack Williams is flagged for an illegal block on the punt. First down at the five… The Bengals are pumping up the crowd as the Broncos have it deep.
Q3 8:00: First down Broncos, Orton hits Graham for a 10-yard gain, ball at the 17-yard line.
Q3 6:33: Eight-yard gain on first down for Moreno who looks shaken up following the run… as does Peyton Hillis. Buckhalter steps in on the next play and gets 11 for another first down.
Q3 5:00: Orton hits Marshall across the middle, who is hit hard by the rookie Rey Maualuga but hangs on to the ball for a decent gain. After an offsides penalty on the Bengals, Buckhalter is tripped up for yard loss. Third-and-two… Orton looks for Hillis, but he can’t hang on. Fourth down and out comes the punting unit. Kern gets a punt off, but the Broncos are flagged for a false start. On his second attempt, his punt is fielded by Crosby who is brought down by Haggan.
Q3 4:13: Bengals start the drive at 17, abut are tackled for a five yard loss on first down.
**INJURY UPDATE** Moreno took a blow to the head and his return is probable.
Q3 3:20: D.J. Williams almost picked one on second down, but the ball fell incomplete… A third down reception has the Bengals close to a first down, but they are going to punt to Royal instead. Royal returns the ball to the 34-yard line.
Q3 2:29: First down, Orton has all day and finds Scheffler streaking open. First down, gain of 29 yards. Ball at the Bengals 37-yard line.
Q3 1:16: Two short runs, one by Orton, and the Broncos have a third-and-five… Orton solo in the gun, finds Stokley but he drops it. Fourth down, and out come Matt Prater. This one will be from 50, snap, set, kick… good. Broncos 6 – Bengals 0; 00:14 left in the third quarter.
Q3 00:14: Caldwell can only get the ball to the 15-yard line, where the Bengals will have it with time running out in the third quarter. Palmer hits Ochocinco, but flags on the play. Sure looked like Ochocinco pushed off, he did and there was an illegal man downfield as well. Bengals pushed back and with that the third quarter comes to an end.
Q4 15:00: Bengals first-and-17 from their eight-yard line gain nine on first down, six on second down and face third-and-two… Palmer looks for Caldwell but the rookie Alphonso Smith breaks it up. Big play by Smith and it is fourth down. Royal waits for the punt at his 35, but the kick goes out of bounds at the 35.
Q4 13:23: Hillis gets six on first down and on second down Orton finds Royal, but he is hit hard and can’t hang on. Keith Rivers made the hit and Royal is still down.
Q4 12:37: Third-and-four at the 41-yard line — Royal was able to get up and walk off the field previously — first down to Marshall.
Q4 12:00: Orton avoids the second down sack and hits Graham. But Ben Hamilton is called for holding, pushing the offense back. Second-and-19, Orton hits Graham for 10. Third-and-nine, Bengals look to blitz… they do… Orton rolls and hits a diving Graham. Nice catch, 20-yard gain.
Q4 8:23: Two short runs by LaMont Jordan and it is another third down… Orton with Buckhalter to his right… flags. False start on Hamilton. Third-and-10… Orton to Buckhalter, first down — flag. Wiegmann got nailed for holding. Now third-and-16… timeout Broncos.
Q4 7:03: Third-and-16… Orton solo in the gun, and the pocket collapses. Sacked by Antwan Odom… out of field goal range, and Kern is out. Cosby fair catches it inside the 10.
Q4 6:21: Most of the 62,831 at Paul Brown Stadium are hoping the Bengals can drive down the field, if they do they will have to go 91 yards.
Q4 6:00: On second down, Palmer hits Ochocinco for a 12-yard gain. First-and-10 at the 23.
Q4 5:01: Broncos looked like they may have had too many men on the field, so they call their second timeout of the half. After the timeout, Alphonso Smith blows into the backfield and knocks Benson down for a three-yard loss.
Q4 03:20: Big run by Benson, gain of 20 moves the Bengals near midfield.
Q4 2:00: Just before the two-minute warning the Bengals get 13 yards to the Broncos 32-yard line.
Q4 1:30: The Bengals are moving into range, Leonard catches a Palmer pass and gets it to the 14… now the seven after a reception by Caldwell. Now the one… time out Bengals.
Q4 00:41: The replay booth is going to look if Caldwell snuck in. Looks like he didn’t, so Bengals ball at the one… Bengals have the heavy package on the field, and Benson goes in for the touchdown.
Q4 00:20: Not totally sure what happened with the game clock on that one. The one that is directly across from the press box didn’t move… but apparently it was supposed to or should have. Either way the Broncos have 20 seconds.
Looks like more confusion with the clock. The referee Jerome Boger has gone to the headset and a conference is undergoing near the Bengals sideline.
Q4 00:38: Now this will look weird, but there is now a correction, 38 second remain.
Q4 00:34: Here we go, ball at the 13… Orton looks for Marshall, the ball is caught by the Bengals, but out of bounds – incomplete… ball to Marshall tipped… Stokley grabs it and goes all the way for the touchdown. Oh my!
Q4 00:11: Now that is why you never quit. 87 yards, Brandon Stokley and the Broncos go for two, but the pass is incomplete. 12-7, 11 second left and the Broncos will kickoff. Paul Brown Stadium has gone silent.
Q4 00:05: Caldwell returns the kick to the 33-yard line.
Ball game, Broncos – amazingly – defeat the Bengals 12-7.