15:00: Browns start the final quarter with a 3rd and 6… Brady Quinn rolls and finds Brayon Edwards for the first down, but I see laundry. Offensive pass interference on Kellen Winslow. It is now 3rd and 16… Louis Green sniffs out the bubble screen forcing a fourth down.
13:43: Dave Zastudill hangs a punt high into the Cleveland sky and Eddie Royal calls for the fair catch at the 7-yard line… On the first play Cutler hits Royal who takes it to the house for a 93-yard touchdown. Prater hits the extra point and just like that the Broncos are trailing by just three.
To say that play took a little air out of Cleveland Browns Stadium would be an understatement.
How about some stats after that play. The 93-yard touchdown is the second longest touchdown by a rookie in Broncos history and ties for the fourth longest touchdown pass. Cutler has now thrown for 336 yards, his fifth 300-yard passing day this season.
13:11: But a bit of the air comes back in the stadium after Josh Cribbs returns the ball to the 50-yard line… on third down, Quinn hits Winslow — but there is a fumble. Broncos ball.
Dre’ Bly forced it, Karl Paymah recovers. First down Broncos at their 38-yard line.
Quiz time, who can tell me the rookie who holds the team record for the longest reception?
12:41: Two straight incompletions have the Broncos facing a 3rd and 10… but Cutler and Royal keep the drive alive with a 22-yard reception. Royal now has 164-yards receiving, a Broncos single game record for a rookie.
11:40: Following a sack, Cutler throws it up and Nate Jackson makes an amazing grab between Browns defenders for 19 yards.
10:12: Broncos are facing another third down… Cutler in the shotgun hits Daniel Graham who breaks tackles and rumbles in for a 28-yard touchdown. Prater nails the extra point, and just like that the Broncos go up 27-23.
9:50: Browns take possession at the 22-yard line… After faking the end around several times, the Browns finally execute the play and Cribbs takes it 21-yards around left end.
8:30: Winslow redeems his fumble a bit, grabbing a Quinn pass and motoring down the field for a 30-yard gain. Browns at the Broncos 25… On first down, Wesley Woodyard again uses his speed to corral Cribbs for no gain… on the next play, Lewis finds Lewis out of the back field and the big back moves the ball to the Denver 6-yard line.
6:00: Third and goal inside the one and Lewis powers in for the Browns touchdown. Head Coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t agree, and has challenged the call.
So I think the action is a little too intense for my quiz, so I will just give the answer. The longest reception by a rookie was by Jerry Tarr in 1962.
The call on the field is upheld, touchdown. Browns retake the lead 30-27 with just under five minutes remaining.
4:57: On first down, Hillis carries a Browns tackler for a first down… Following a Browns holding penalty, Cutler’s pass is tipped and is almost picked off… Cutler finds a streaking Nate Jackson across the middle, but he is rocked by Willie McGinest as tries to make the catch. Jackson is down and being attended to by the Broncos training staff.
Jackson is able to walk off the field.
4:29: Third down and Cutler finds Brandon Stokley, but he looks a smidge short… Broncos hurry up, but Cutler doesn’t like what he sees and calls a timeout.
3:58: Fourth and one, Hillis is stopped but keeps his legs moving and bounces for the first down.
3:28: After a 8-yard completion to Graham, the Broncos are facing another third down. Cutler runs a sneak for the first down.
2:00: Just before the two-minute warning, Cutler finds Graham over the middle for 14 yards. Broncos have the ball 1st and 10 at the Browns 29-yard line.
Cutler takes the snap and keeps it, scrambling up the middle for an 18-yard run.
1:20: Two plays later, Cutler hits Marshall in the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown. Prater’s kick is good and the Broncos have forged back ahead 34-30.
1:14: Prater readies for the kickoff with Cribbs back deep. He squibs it, but Cribbs is able to pick it up. Good pursuit by the special teams brings him down at the 33-yard line.
1:03: Quinn starts the drive with a completion of 9-yards to Winslow… Two incomplete pass bring up a fourth down… Incomplete, the defense holds and the Broncos offense is back on the field. Victory formation.
0:20: And that will do it, the Broncos missing their two running backs, come from behind to defeat the Browns 34-30.