KICKOFF: The Broncos will receive the second-half kickoff.
Q3 15:00: Brady Quinn is back in at quarterback to start the second half. After a touchback, the offense starts at the 20, and Quinn immediately hits Julius Thomas for a 7-yard gain.
STATS UPDATE: In his first-half performance, Kyle Orton was 10-for-13 for 135 yards and a touchdown — good for a 135.1 quarterback rating.
Q3 13:47: After Lance Ball picked up the final 3 yards for a first down, Quinn found Eric Decker for a 22-yard gain into Buffalo territory. The next two plays netted 5 yards — a 3-yard run by Ball and a 2-yard run by Brandon Minor — bringing up third-and-5. On third down, Quinn passes to Ball, but the back picks up only 4 yards. Faced with fourth-and-1, the offense stays on the field, and it’s Ball with a carry for the first down at the 38-yard line.
Q3 10:46: Quinn’s first-down pass is incomplete, broken up by former Bronco Andra Davis. On second down, Minor takes a carry up the middle, and he’s brought down by former North Carolina Tar Heel Da’Norris Searcy after 3 yards. On third-and-7 at the 35-yard line, Quinn lines up in the shotgun. He takes the snap and fires to David Anderson under pressure, but he’s short of the first down marker. Matt Prater jogs onto the field to attempt a field goal — looks to be a 48-yarder. It’s up and good, extending Denver’s lead.
BRONCOS 17, BILLS 3
Q3 9:18: Steven Hauschka is in for the kickoff, and it’s another touchback. There haven’t been any returns in the game. Tyler Thigpen is now in at quarterback for the Bills. On first down, former North Carolina Tar Heel Johnny White takes a carry, and he’s taken down — hard — by Mario Haggan for a 1-yard loss. It brings a big cheer from the crowd, but the rookie running back is still down on the field.
Q3 9:04: White down for a long time being worked on by trainers from both teams. He’s on a stretcher being driven off the field on a cart. Getting a nice applause from the crowd. And just like that play is set to continue.
Q3 8:33: It was second-and-11 when play resumed, and Thigpen hit Naaman Roosevelt for 8 yards before he was brought down by Perrish Cox. On third down, Cox is there for a pass breakup to force a punt. And now Cox is back to return the punt — he’s all over the place. The second-year corner gets the ball to the 37-yard line, where Quinn and the offense will take back over.
Q3 7:42: A holding penalty pushes the ball back 10 yards, setting up first-and-20. Eric Decker gets a screen pass, picking up 4 yards. On second-and-16, Quinn’s pass is incomplete, intended for Willis. Now third down, Quinn is in the shotgun. He takes the snap, drops back and nearly throws an interception on a pass intended for Decker, but the ball hit the ground for an incompletion. Britton Colquitt is in to punt for the Broncos. His punt is fielded at about the 12-yard line, and Searcy, the returner, is brought down by Chris Harris shortly thereafter. There’s a flag on the play for an illegal block in the back, pushing the ball backward to the 8-yard line.
Q3 6:04: That was a 56-yard punt by Colquitt. On first down, former Bronco Andre Hall takes a carry 12 yards for a first down at the 20. Thigpen proceeds to quickly hit Roosevelt for a 4-yard gain. Haggan is down after the play — but he quickly gets up and walks to the sideline flanked by trainers.
Q3 5:38: On second-and-6, Wesley Woodyard is there for a pass breakup. Third down brings another pass from Thigpen — and another pas breakup, this one due to a nice hit by rookie Mike Mohamed. That makes it fourth-and-6, and Cox is deep to field the Reid Forrest punt. The cornerback puts together a nice return to the Denver 48-yard line. Quinn trots back onto the field to lead the offense.
Q3 4:56: Under pressure, Quinn’s pass is incomplete on first down. Second down brings a short run by Brandon Minor.
*INJURY UPDATE: Mario Haggan has a shoulder injury and his return is questionable.
Q3 4:18: On third-and-9, Quinn fires a nice pass to Decker headed toward the sideline for a first down. The next play brings a 10-yard run by Minor for another first down at the 27-yard line. A false start quickly moves the ball back 5 yards, however. Now first-and-15, Jeremiah Johnson takes a toss to the left and picks up 8 yards. On second-and-7 at the 24-yard line, Quinn hits Britt Davis — who beat his man badly — in stride for a touchdown. The receiver dunked the ball through the uprights in celebration. Matt Prater’s extra point is good, extending Denver’s lead.
BRONCOS 24, BILLS 3
Q3 2:19: For the second time in the game, the Bills were offsides during a Denver extra point, so the Broncos will kick off from the 40-yard line after the 5-yard penalty is enforced. Steven Hauschka’s kickoff is yet another touchback as it sails out of the back of the end zone.
Q3 2:14: An incomplete pass on first down makes it second-and-10 at the 20-yard line, and Thigpen avoids a sack by dumping off a screen pass to yet another North Carolina Tar Heel rookie, Zack Pianalto, who is tackled after a 5-yard gain. On third down, Thigpen completes it to Kamar Aiken past Syd’Quan Thompson for a first down at the 36.
Q3 0:56: On first down, another Tar Heels rookie, Anthony Elzy, takes a carry for a 9-yard gain. I’m looking for the Carolina blue on the Bills uniform. That brings the third quarter to a close.
Q4 12:11: The Bills have a drive going after three first downs put the ball at the Denver 14-yard line. No huge plays, just chunks of yardage at a time. Except that last play — a 22-yard gain to receiver Marcus Easley. On the next play, Woodyard brought down Hall after a gain of just a yard. But second down brought a 13-yard touchdown strike from Thigpen to Felton Huggins — the Bills’ first touchdown of the evening. Rian Lindell’s extra point is good, and the Bills are set to kick off.
BRONCOS 24, BILLS 10
Q4 10:59: The touchback percentage remains 100 after the latest kickoff. Tim Tebow is now in at quarterback, and the Sports Authority Field at Mile High crowd is already chanting his name. He’ll take over the offense on the other side of a TV timeout.
Q4 10:51: Tebow’s first play from scrimmage is a handoff to Brandon Minor for a 4-yard gain. On second down, it’s Minor again, this time on a screen pass from Tebow. The Michigan product picks up 10 yards on teh play. He touches the ball on the third consecutive play, and picks up 3 more yards. On second down, Tebow fires deep down the sideline to Dante Rosario, but the tight end can’t quite haul it in over a defender. Now third-and-7 at the 37, Tebow lines up in the shotgun. There’s a flag on the play — delay of game on the offense. That makes it third-and-12 at the 42. Tebow is sacked on the play by linebacker Robert Eddins. Colquitt’s punt is fielded by Searcy, who is tackled by Chris Harris at the 27-yard line. That was a 62-yard punt by Colquitt — he’s really booming them tonight.
Q4 7:51: After a first down run by former Bronco Bruce Hall, Thigpen throws an incompletion to set up second-and-10 at the 42. Hall is short of the first down on another run.
Q4 6:44: Thigpen completes a pass to Aiken over the middle for 17 yards to get a new set of downs.
Q4 6:44: Play stops as David Bruton is down on the field injured on the play.
Q4 6:44: He is now up on his feet and being helped off to the sideline.
Q4 5:40: Thigpen tries to hit Elzy deep over the middle but Quinton Carter steps up to make a hit on the receiver, jarring the ball loose. Elzy then caches a pass and picks up a first on the next play and moves the ball down to the Denver 12-yard line.
Q4 5:40: Smith in at quarterback runs left for a 2 yard loss on first down. Thigpen back in and he throws a quick pass complete to Roosevelt to bring up 3rd and 4.
Q4 4:09: The third down pass is incomplete. The Bills go for it on fouth down and Perrish Cox breaks up a pass intended for Aiken to force the turnover on downs. Broncos now start on their own 6 yard line.
Q4 4:09: After a short run on first down, Johnson runs up the middle for another short gain. Third-and-six upcoming.
Q4 2:00: Tebow rolls left and scrambles for a 7 yard gain and a first down.
Q4 1:54: Johnson runs up the middle for a 5 yard gain. Buffalo calls a timeout.
Q4 1:47: Adam Weber now in at QB. He hands off to Johnson for a short loss and the Bills call another timeout.
Q4 1:47: Austin Sylvester takes a carry and picks up one yard. Bills call another timeout and Colquitt is in to punt on fourth down.
Q4 1:35: Punt team covers well and the Bills will start on their own 27-yard line.
Q4 1:02: Smith in at QB for the Bills. He completes 2 quick passes for a first down and a Bill is injured on the field.
Q4 1:02: Huggins is the player injured on the play. He walks off the field now with the trainers. There is a 10 second runoff on the clock due to the injury stoppage.
Q4 0:17: Smith scrambles for a big chunk of yardage then completes a quick pass for another first down. After one more completion the clock runs out and the game is over.
BRONCOS 24, BILLS 10: Final Score