15:00: The Redskins will receive the ball to start the second half. Matt Prater boots the kickoff through the back of the end zone for a touchback — Washington returner Rock Cartwright signaled that the kick was good — it apparently went through the uprights.
Q3 14:49: The Redskins open the quarter with a screen pass from Jason Campbell to Fred Davis — a 10-yard pickup and a first down. The next play brings a handoff to Ladell Betts, and he is dropped by Brian Dawkins for no gain. There is an injured Bronco on the play — it’s hard to tell who it is at the moment.
Q3 14:14: It’s D.J. Williams, but he jogs off the field followed by trainers. Wesley Woodyard looks to be in the game in his stead. Campbell takes the next snap in the shotgun and gets the pass out quickly to Santana Moss, but he is brought down quickly by Andre’ Goodman after a gain of three yards. That sets up 3rd-and-7 for the Redskins at their own 33-yard line.
Q3 13:18: Darrell Reid and Elvis Dumervil combine to bring down Campbell for the sack on third down. Eddie Royal calls for a fair catch on the ensuing punt, and the Broncos offense will take over at their own 28-yard line.
Q3 12:55: Chris Simms is in at quarterback for the Broncos. On his first play from scrimmage, he hands off to Knowshon Moreno, who finds some room up the edge and picks up nine yards on the carry.
Q3 12:15: Simms hands off again on 2nd-and-1, and Moreno picks up two yards and a first down on the carry. Simms takes the snap from under center, drops back and can’t quite connect with Correll Buckhalter on his first pass of the season. That sets up 2nd-and-10, and Simms lines up in the shotgun. He fires to Jabar Gaffney, who picks up about eight yards, but there’s a flag on the play — pass interference on Eddie Royal. That makes it 2nd-and-20 on the 29-yard line.
Q3 11:00: Simms hands off to Moreno, and the rookie picks up 18 yards. A pass from Simms to Brandon Marshall picks up five yards and the first down.
INJURY UPDATE: Kyle Orton has an ankle injury, and his return is doubtful. D.J. Williams has a neck strain, and his return is probable.
Q3 9:27: Simms is in the shotgun on 2nd-and-10 after an incompletion in first down. After scrambling around a bit in the pocket, his pass falls incomplete on second down as well. That brings up 3rd-and-10 for the Broncos on the Washington 48-yard line. Simms scrambles to his left and finds Brandon Stokley — but the refs determine that the receiver was bobbling the pass as he went out of bounds, and the Broncos are forced to punt.
Q3 9:03: D.J. Williams is back in the game as the Redskins have a first down on their own 32-yard line after the Mitch Berger punt. They run with Ladell Betts on first down, and the back picks up eight yards on the carry. Second down brings another quick gain by Betts — 11 yards and a first down.
Q3 7:54: Andra Davis sacks Campbell on a blitz on first down, and it looks as if the ball came out, but it’s determined that Washington has a 2nd-and-17 at its own 44-yard line. Kenny Peterson is down after the play.
Q3 7:53: Peterson walks off the field with the help of the trainers. The refs announce that the ruling on the field on the previous play was that Campbell’s forward progress was stopped, so there’s no way to review if there was a fumble.
Q3 7:26: D.J. Williams makes the tackle on the ensuing play — a nine-yard completion to the Denver 47-yard line. That makes it 3rd-and-8 for Washington, and Campbell is in the shotgun. He is forced out of the pocket and fires to Devin Thomas near the first-down marker, and the refs rule it a catch. It’s a 10-yard completion to the 37-yard line.
Q3 6:00: Rock Cartwright carries the ball for six yards before being taken down by Davis. On 2nd-and-4, it’s Cartwright again, but he is brought down by a pack of Broncos led by Davis for no gain. That sets up 3rd-and-4, and Campbell fakes a pass before handing off to Betts on the draw play. It looks as if he’s short of the marker, setting up 4th-and-1 at the 28-yard line.
Q3 4:53: The Redskins have elected to go for it on fourth down. Cartwright is in the backfield as the crowd is on its feet. It looks like Campbell audibles at the line and tosses the ball to Cartwright, who tries to find the right sideline. Dawkins is all over it, however, snuffing out the play behind the line of scrimmage and forcing a turnover on downs. There was a flag on the play — holding on the Redskins — which was declined.
Q3 4:31: Simms hands off to Moreno on first down, and he falls forward for a gain of a yard. Simms connects with Scheffler on the next play, but he is hit after a gain of two. On 3rd-and-8, Simms drops back into the shotgun. He is sacked by two Redskins, however, forcing a punt.
Q3 2:55: Berger’s punt bounces an extra 15 or 20 yards down to the Washington 9-yard line, where the Broncos down it. It’s a 65-yard kick.
Q3 2:50: Betts carries for a gain of eight on first down, and Moss hauls in a pass on second down for a gain of five to pick up the first down. The next set of downs starts with a Betts run yet again — a pickup of four yards.
Q3 1:05: Betts takes another carry and picks up another first down on the ensuing play. With the clock winding down in the third quarter, Campbell hands off to Quinton Ganther, but the back is met immediately by a pack of Broncos after a gain of one yard. That brings us to the end of the third quarter, and the Broncos still hold a three-point lead in the contest.
Q4 15:00: Washington has a 2nd-and-9 at its own 35-yard line, and Campbell takes the snap in the shotgun. He gets the ball to Malcom Kelly after two Broncos defenders ran into each other. In the end it was an 18-yard completion and a first down. Betts picks up 18 more yards on the next play, carrying for a first down at the 29-yard line.
Q4 13:05: It’s 2nd-and-6 after a four-yard gain by Cartwright. It brings yet another run from the Redskins, and Cartwright picks up the first down at the 15-yard line. Peterson is back in the game on the defensive line and helps chase Campbell out of the pocket. The quarterback runs out of bounds for a gain of two yards. Second down brings another run from Betts, but Woodyard chases him down and tackles him for no gain.
Q4 11:25: On 3rd-and-8, Campbell finds Cartwright, but D.J. Williams stands him up and the rest of the Broncos defenders arrive to take him down after a gain of one. That brings up fourth down, and Shaun Suisham is in to attempt a 30-yard field goal attempt. It’s good, and the score is tied yet again.
BRONCOS 17, REDSKINS 17
Q4 10:40: Suisham again boots the ball out of bounds on the kickoff, giving the Broncos posession at their own 40-yard line.
Q4 10:33: A Redskins defensive player is down after a three-yard carry by Moreno on first down. It’s Albert Haynesworth.
Q4 10:25: Moreno follows his blockers, finds the hole and picks up 11 yards for a first down in Redskins territory. Simms fakes a handoff to Buckhalter and tries to launch downfield for Marshall — but he is picked off in the end zone by DeAngelo Hall. Hall then pitches the ball to LaRon Landry, and in total the return sets up the Redskins with a first down at their own 40-yard line.
Q4 8:57: Dumervil brings down Campbell for another sack on first down. On 2nd-and-12, Campbell hands off to Betts, who finds a hole for an 11-yard gain. That makes it 3rd-and-1, and Cartwright fights his way for the first down.
Q4 7:10: Peterson brings down Betts on first down after a gain of two, but Campbell fires toward Antwaan Randle El on the following play, good for a nine-yard gain and a first down.
Q4 5:56: A first-down carry by Cartwright nets three yards, followed by a run by Betts on second down that picks up four yards. That puts Betts at exactly 100 yards rushing. On 3rd-and-3, Denver calls its first timeout of the half.
Q4 4:37: The teams are back at the line of scrimmage, and Devin Thomas keeps his balance through several tackles to take a completion all the way to the 5-yard line — a 27-yard gain.
Q4 3:27: Betts picks up three yards on 1st-and-goal, but is stopped for no gain on second down. Denver calls its second timeout of the half.
Q4 2:49: Apparently Betts was credited with a gain of a yard, and it’s 3rd-and-goal for the Redskins at the 1-yard line. Dawkins hits Betts, but as he falls he reaches the ball over the goal line for a touchdown as the FedEx Field crowd explodes. Suisham’s extra point is good and the Redskins take the lead.
REDSKINS 24, BRONCOS 17
Q4 2:36: Royal returns the ball 30 yards to the 27-yard line, where Chris Simms and the offense will take over. Simms is in the shotgun as the crowd is on its feet. He is hit by Andre Carter as he throws, and his pass falls incomplete. On second down, Simms is again in the shotgun and he is again hit as he throws, and his pass again falls incomplete.
Q4 2:27: On 3rd-and-10, Simms drops back and fires very high toward Marshall — the pass is tipped by a defender and falls incomplete. Haynesworth is down again after the play, but walks off the field with the help of trainers.
Q4 2:20: On 4th-and-10, Simms is in the shotgun. he buys time and fires high for Marshall. The receiver leaps in the air but can’t bring it down, and the Broncos turn the ball over on downs.
Q4 2:13: The Broncos stop a Betts run after a gain of a yard and Denver calls its final timeout of the half.
TWO MINUTE WARNING: Betts carries for one more yard as the clock ticks down to the two-minute warning.
2:00: The previous run has been corrected, as it is now being called a rush for no gain. It’s 3rd-and-9 for the Redskins at the 26-yard line. Betts picks up eight yards as the clock continues to run, and Washington lets it tick down to 1:15 before calling its first timeout of the half.
1:15: Suisham is in the game to attempt a 35-yard field goal — and it’s good, giving the Redskins a two-posession lead.
REDSKINS 27, BRONCOS 17
Q4 1:06: Royal returns a squib kick 10 yards to the 26-yard line, where the offense takes over. Simms is in the shotgun and is brought down for a sack. On 2nd-and-14, Simms completes a pass to Moreno, who gets out of bounds after a gain of seven. On 3rd-and-7, Simms is sacked by Brian Orakpo. That brings up 4th-and-17, and the last play of the game. Simms fires incomplete to Daniel Graham and the Redskins get the 27-17 victory.
The Broncos fall to 6-3, and a meeting with the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High awaits in Week 11.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com