15:00: A shout-out to our own Margot Kelly, a PR intern experiencing her last game as a Bronco. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!
First play of the fourth quarter is a Hackney pass to Brett Pierce for a big gain and a first down, setting up the Broncos at the Arizona 23.
13:00: On a third-and-three, Pittman is taken down in the backfield for a loss of two. Prater comes out to try and narrow the lead with a 33-yarder, but a false start penalty backs the Broncos up. Prater goes for a 38-yarder, and it’s good. 14-13, Arizona up by one.
12:06: Prater kicks off, and it is yet another touchback. The Cardinals starting field position has almost always been at their own 20 or worse, courtesy of the Denver specialists.
12:06: Anthony Morelli is now in at quarterback for the Cardinals.
11:00: Morelli is having success, moving down the field with three big gains through the air, getting inside Denver territory in less than a minute.
9:55: Larsen comes through the middle untouched on a blitz, but Morelli gets the ball off. But Larsen’s pressure forced Morelli’s throw to go wide and short.
9:51: The Broncos get more pressure on Morelli, and this time he’s taken down for a sack by Woodyard. Morelli fumbles, but it’s recovered by the Cardinals. Nevertheless, it’s fourth down and Arizona punts. McDaniel takes it inside the 10 and advances it to the 13.
9:05: Hackney slides out of the pocket to avoid pressure and hits a wide open Keary Colbert for an 87-yard touchdown! The offense stays out on the field for the two-point conversion attempt. Hackney takes it himself on a bootleg to the left, diving into the endzone. Denver takes the lead, 21-14. The crowd went nuts, considering there are a fair amount of Bronco fans here and many people have left the stadium.
8:51: After a string of great kickoffs, Prater’s kickoff goes out of bounds, giving the Cardinals the ball at their own 40.
8:45: Josh Barrett nearly had an interception after he tipped a pass high up into the air. On the following play, Jarvis Moss made a nice inside move and got to Morelli, sacking him for a loss of eight.
8:15: That sack forced a fourth-down, and the Cardinals punt away to McDaniel, who is taken down immediately at the Denver 21.
7:58: Hackney nearly completed another deep pass that could have gone for a touchdown, but he overthrew Russell.
6:56: The Bronco offense stalls and is forced to punt, and Paulescu booms one to the Arizona 25. Josh Barrett is called for a pass interference on the following play, giving the Cardinals an automatic first down.
6:00: A few plays later, Morelli overthrows his receiver and it’s picked off by Jack Williams. He takes it 89 yards for a touchdown! 28-14, Denver.
Williams went from sideline to sideline, breaking tackles and getting several big blocks from his teammates as he made his way to the opposite endzone.
5:42: The Cardinals returned the ensuing kickoff to the 20, but Roderick Rogers was injured on the play. Time is out on the field as trainers attend Rogers.
5:37: Rogers gets up and is assisted off the field by the training staff.
Woodyard scores another sack, his second of the game.
3:55: Morelli has another pass picked off, this time by Larsen as the ball was tipped up in the air. He is pushed out of bounds at the Arizona 17.
2:10: The Broncos face a third-and-three at the Arizona 10 after a pair of short runs. Hackney hands off to Cecil Sapp, and he takes it around the right end and out of bounds for a first down.
2:05: Out comes the victory formation, and Hackney kneels on the ball to bring the game to the final two-minute warning.
2:00: Victory formation yet again, and the two teams appear content to let the clock run out. The Broncos defeat the Cardinals, 28-14.