HALFTIME: The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders have lined up in a No. 44 formation as the team honors Floyd Little with the presentation of his Hall of Fame ring. Little highlights flash over the giant Thundervision screens, and Little is on the field to receive the honor. Check back soon for coverage of the second half.
Q3 15:00: Eddie Royal is lined up deep to receive Pat McAfee’s kickoff, and he kneels the ball for a touchback. Kyle Orton lines up under center, and he’s sacked by Robert Mathis before he can get off the pass. On second-and-16, Orton completes a pass to Lloyd for 17-yards and a first down.
Q3 13:30: On first-and-10 from the 33-yard line, Laurence Maroney takes a handoff for a one yard gain. On the following play, Dan Gronkowski catches a two-yard pass from Orton, and Demaryius Thomas connects with Orton on a 16-yard completion on third-down.
Q3 11:40: Kyle Orton drops back and fires a bomb downfield. Brandon Lloyd follows the pass and makes the catch for a 48-yard touchdown. Prater’s kick is good, and the Broncos’ deficit is down to 3 points.
COLTS 13 – BRONCOS 10
Q3 11:13: Devin Moore receives Matt Prater’s kickoff and kneels it for a touchback. Peyton Manning sets up under center and hands off to Joseph Addai, who carries up the left side for a 3-yard gain before he’s stopped by Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams. On the following play, Perrish Cox steps in front of Blair White to deflect a pass from Manning, and the Colts face third-and-7. Manning takes the shotgun snap and finds Addai underneath, but D.J. Williams brings down the running back 1 yard short of the first down. McAfee sets up to punt with Royal deep to receive.
Q3 9:59: Royal returns the 61-yard punt close to midfield, but the Broncos are called for holding and will take the field at the 28-yard line. Orton takes the first down snap under center and fires a comeback-route pass to Brandon Lloyd, who leaps to make the catch but can’t come down with it.
Q3 9:53: Dan Gronkowski can’t haul in Orton’s pass on second-and-10, and the Broncos face third-and-long. Orton takes the snap out of the shot gun formation and launches a pass to Lloyd, but Antoine Bethea breaks up the pass. Britton Colquitt comes out to punt.
Q3 9:35: Colquitt’s 55 yard punt sails into the hands of Jerraud Powers, and Cassius Vaughn sprints down the field to make the tackle at the Colts’ 21-yard line.
Q3 9:31: On first-and-10, Manning lines up under center, fakes to Addai, and completes a pass to Austin Collie, who’s tackled by Brian Dawkins after a 22-yard gain. On the new set of downs, Manning looks for Collie again, but Champ Bailey is in perfect position to deflect the pass. The Colts are called for holding and moved back to the 33-yard line.
Q3 8:58: Manning throws a screen pass to Collie on first-and-20, and Collie finds a seam upfield for a 27 yards. Manning throws to Brody Eldrige on the following play, and the ball bounces off the tight end’s hands, but the Renaldo Hill can’t catch the interception off the deflection. On second down Manning finds Dallas Clark for a 4-yard gain, setting up third-and-6. The quarterback changes the call at the line of scrimmage and finds Collie, who’s stopped by Nate Jones after an 8-yard completion.
Q3 6:47: Joseph Addai carries the ball on first down for a 1-yard gain before he’s tackled by Robert Ayers and Kevin Vickerson. On the following play, Vickerson pressures Manning into an incomplete pass, and on third-and-9 Manning takes the shotgun snap, fakes the draw, and completes a 13-yard pass to Reggie Wayne before Champ Bailey makes the shoestring tackle.
Q3 5:35: Manning completes a five-yard pass to Austin Collie on first down from the 14-yard line and throws a touchdown to Blair White on the next play. Vinatieri converts the kick and puts the Colts up by 10 points.
COLTS 20 – BRONCOS 10
Q3 4:51: Eddie Royal sets up deep to receive the kickoff from McAfee, and he lets it bounce out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Orton pitches to Maroney on the right side for a 2-yard run on first-and-10 from the 20-yard line. Orton fakes left, rolls right, and chucks it deep for Brandon Lloyd. The receiver makes the grab and runs the ball down to the Colts’ 17-yard line for a 61-yard catch.
Q3 3:17: With a new set of downs, Orton looks to pass but can’t complete the throw to Demaryius Thomas. He can’t complete a second-down pass either, but finds Eddie Royal for a 1-yard completion on third-down. Faced with fourth-and-9, Matt Prater sets up for a 34-yard field goal, and his kick stays true.
COLTS 20 – BRONCOS 13
Q3 2:24: Matt Prater boots the ball into the end zone for a touchback, and Addai carries for no gain on first down. The Colts are called for holding and get pushed back to the 10-yard line for first-and-20. Collie catches a quick slant pass for 10 yards, and the Colts are back where they started with 2nd-and-10. Manning sets up in the shotgun, changes the play call at the line and fires a screen pass to Reggie Wayne, who gains 7 yards before he’s tackled by Brian Dawkins. On third-and-short, Manning calls another audible and throws a quick pass to Collie, but Nate Jones is there to stop him 2 yards short of the first down. McAfee is out to punt as we enter the fourth quarter.
Q4 15:00: Eddie Royal catches McAfee’s 47-yard punt at the 25-yard line and returns it 3 yards to the 28-yard line. Orton fakes a handoff to Maroney on the left side, rolls right and throws the ball away. The quarterback lines up under center and gives the ball to Maroney for a 5-yard run. Facing third-and-5, Orton drops back and squeezes in a pass to Brandon Lloyd for 7 yards and a first down at the 41-yard line.
Q4 13:32: On first-and-10, Melvin Bullitt tries to scoop an Orton pass off the ground, but it’s ruled incomplete. Denver is called for holding, and the Broncos face first-and-20 from their own 31-yard line.
Q4 13:22: Orton drops back and connects with Correll Buckhalter for a 5 yard pass. The quarterback lines up in the shotgun and dumps off a screen to Buckhalter on the following play that results in 8 more yards. On third-and-7, Orton scrambles to buy time, finds no one in front of him and runs 9 yards for a first down.
Q4 11:20: With a fresh set of downs, Orton completes a pass to Jabar Gaffney for no gain. On second-and-10, Orton has plenty of time to pass, but no one gets open. He hits his checkdown receiver, Laurence Maroney, who makes a couple of nice moves and advances the ball to the Colts’ 19-yard line for a 28-yard gain.
Q4 10:15: Orton takes the snap under center and hands off to Correll Buckhalter, who runs for 3 yards. The signal caller throws out of Demaryius Thomas’ reach on the next play, and hits Jabar Gaffney on third down 3 yards short of the first down. The Broncos are going for it on fourth-and-3, but Orton’s pass is incomplete and Denver turns the ball over on downs.
Q4 8:42: Manning takes over at the Colts’ 12-yard line and hands off to Addai. Kevin Vickerson and Brian Dawkins stop the draw play after a 3-yard gain, and Manning completes a 7-yard pass to Dallas Clark before he’s tackled by Darcel McBath.
Q4 7:39: Manning attempts a pass to Austin Collie on first down, but Perrish Cox is in good position to deflect it. Manning looks for Collie on the next play, but he can’t complete the pass. The Colts are called for a false start and pushed back 10 yards to the 17-yard line. Indianapolis faces third-and-15, and Manning completes a deep pass to Collie for a 48-yard gain.
Q4 6:44: Manning finds Dallas Clark on first down, and Nate Jones takes down the tight end after a 1-yard completion. Joseph Addai takes the handoff on second down and runs for 10 yards and a first down.
Q4 5:20: Manning hands off to Addai again, but Kevin Vickerson makes the diving tackle to stop the back after a 1-yard gain. On second-and-9, Manning targets Collie in the end zone, and the receiver comes down with the football for a touchdown. The extra point is good, and the Colts lead by two touchdowns.
COLTS 27 – BRONCOS 13
Q4 4:26: Eddie Royal watches as McAfee’s kickoff sails out of the end zone for a touchback. Orton sets up in the shotgun and completes a quick comeback pass to Gaffney for 6-yards. The Broncos hurry to the line and run the same play, this time completing the pass for 5-yards. On first-and-10, Buckhalter reels in a 4-yard pass, and then the quarterback finds Eddie Royal for 18-yards.
Q4 3:01: Daniel Graham catches a pass for no gain, and then he fumbles out of bounds for a 4-yard loss. The second-down pass is incomplete, and Orton finds Buckhalter for a 5-yard gain on third down. Facing fourth-and-9 from the 46-yard line, Orton takes the shotgun snap and completes a pass to Matthew Willis over the middle for 17-yards.
Q4 2:16: Orton completes a 12-yard pass to Laurence Maroney, and his next pass falls incomplete as we reach the two-minute warning.
Q4 1:58: Facing 2nd-and-10 from the 17-yard line, Orton takes the shotgun snap and fires a pass to Eddie Royal, who can’t come down with the ball in traffic. On third down, the Broncos are called for false start and now face a third-and-15 from the 22-yard line. Orton throws a screen to Buckhalter for 2 yards, and the Broncos call a timeout.
Q4 1:31: Facing fourth-and-14 from the 20-yard line, Orton launches a pass to Demaryius Thomas in the end zone. Thomas appears to have the catch, but he can’t come down with it between two Colts’ defenders and the Broncos turn the ball over on downs.
Q4 1:30: Donald Brown rushes for 6 yards, and Denver calls its second timeout. On second-and-4 from the 26-yard line, Manning hands off to Brown for no gain.
Q4 1:26: The Broncos have called their last timeout. D.J. Williams and Jason Hunter stopped Addai for no gain, and Royal is deep to receive a punt from McAfee.
Q4 0:38: Indianapolis ran the clock down as far as the team could and called a timeout. McAfee punts a high, hanging football for Royal, who returns it 16 yards to Denver’s 47-yard line.
Q4 0:23: Jabar Gaffney catches a 14-yard pass from Orton, and then catches another ball as the clock runs out. That’s the end of the ball game.
COLTS 27 – BRONCOS 13