15:00: The crowd at INVESCO Field at Mile High is still booing from an offensive pass interference call on Brandon Marshall, and the Broncos face a third-and-24 from their own 15 to begin the quarter.
Cutler avoids pressure from Joey Porter, stepping up in the pocket and launching a ball downfield toward Brandon Stokley. A Miami defender steps in front of the pass, however, for an interception at the Denver 43-yard line.
14:52: First-and-10 Miami, and the handoff is to Ronnie Brown. He’s brought down by Jarvis Moss for a loss of two.
On second-and-12, Chad Pennington floats a pass between the Denver defense for a 23-yard reception to Greg Camarillo. It’s first-and-10 for Miami on the Denver 22-yard line. Pennington takes the snap in the shotgun and hands the ball off to Brown — he’s brought down for a loss of one yard.
12:50: Brown takes another handoff and he’s immediately brought down by Jamie Winborn. The play gained no yards, and it’s third-and-11 from the Denver 23 for Miami. Pennington is almost sacked, but avoids the pressure and gets the ball off — but it’s incomplete. Dan Carpenter is out to attempt a field goal. The 41-yarder is good, and it puts the Dolphins ahead of the Broncos, 19-10.
11:58: Eddie Royal is back deep for Denver to return the kickoff. Peyton Hillis is just in front of him. The crowd at INVESCO is chanting, “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie,” as the kickoff is on its way — it’s a touchback, fielded by Royal in the back of the endzone.
Denver starts its drive from its own 20-yard line. Cutler drops back and lets loose a fly ball down the right sideline — and into the outstretched arms of Peyton Hillis. Hillis keeps sprinting down the field and is brought down, but not before a gain of 47 yards down to the Miami 33-yard line.
11:22: Cutler’s pass on first down is incomplete, and on second down he lofts a pass to Marshall in the middle of the endzone. It’s incomplete as he’s bracketed by two defenders, but there’s a flag on the play. It’s pass interference on the defense, and the ball is at the one-yard line, first and goal.
Kory Lichtensteiger is declared eligible, and Cutler drops back, rolls right and avoids pressure as Hillis breaks toward the endzone. Cutler finds him and Hillis finds his way in for a touchdown. Prater’s extra point is good, and the Broncos have pulled within two points.
Miami leads Denver, 19-17. It was a 48-second touchdown drive for Denver.
11:10: Prater booms the kickoff 10 yards deep in the endzone, and Miami will start its drive from the 20.
INVESCO Field at Mile High is shaking — when I can feel it in the press box it’s a pretty good indication of how loud it is out there.
ThunderVision is playing a video that has the fans — and the defense — hyped up. “Live like there’s no tomorrow” is displayed above the screen.
10:35: A five-yard gain on first down has the Dolphins in a second-and-5 situation. Pennington finds Camarillo near the sideline for the first down, and he runs out of bounds to stop the clock.
10:23: Camarillo makes another catch on first down, an eight-yard pickup to the Miami 41-yard line. Ricky Williams picks up the first down on the following play, down to the Miami 45-yard line.
8:38: Off of a play-action, Pennington lofts a pass downfield that is over the head of his intended receiver and almost intercepted by a diving Marlon McCree. Second-and-10 for Miami and Pennington is in the shotgun. The pass is complete to Davone Bess, and he falls down but crawls for the first down before being touched down.
7:45: Pennington hands off to Williams, but he’s dropped by several Broncos at the line of scrimmage. It’s called a gain of one yard, and the crowd is chanting, “Defense!”
Pennington fakes a handoffand he’s sacked by Elvis Dumervil. Holding is called on Jake Long, and the penalty is accepted. It’s a 10-yard penalty, bringing up second-and-19. The chants of “Defense!” are getting louder.
6:45: Pennington’s in the shotgun and tries to find Ted Ginn, Jr. near the sideline, but he was bobbling the pass as he went out of bounds — incomplete, and third-and-19.
6:37: Pennington takes the snap in the shotgun and narrowly avoids being sacked on a big blitz, but he floats the ball over the defense on a screen to Ronnie Brown, who scrambles very close to the first down marker.
6:18: After a measurement, it’s fourth and less than a yard for the Dolphins at the Denver 35-yard line. The Miami offense is staying on the field. The crowd is on its feet as Pennington hands the ball off — and it requires a measurement, but Miami got the first down.
4:50: Pennington completes a pass immediately to Camarillo for another first down at the 22. On first down, Pennington hands the ball to Brown, who is brought down in bounds by Dre’ Bly for a loss of three yards.
4:02: Pennington lofts a pass to Anthony Fasano, and it looks like the pass is headed right into the arms of Calvin Lowry for an interception, but Fasano gets his hand in to break up the interception and almost come away with the catch — but Lowry breaks it up.
3:59: On third-and-13 from the 25-yard line, Pennington finds Ricky Williams at the two-yard line to set up first-and-goal.
3:08: Brown scampers two yards for the touchdown on the following play. The extra point is good and the Dolphins lead the Broncos 26-17.
It’s a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that spanned 8:02 for the Dolphins.
UPDATE: D.J. Williams has a sprained right knee and Marlon McCree sprained left ankle, both on the same play — the Ronnie Brown screen pass that set up the fourth-and-1. Both are out for the remainder of the game.
2:59: Holding is called on the Broncos during the kickoff return. The offense will set up at their own nine-yard line.
Royal catches a Cutler pass at the 24-yard line, and the Broncos hurry up to the line. Cutler takes the ball in the shotgun and tries to get it to Marshall, but it falls incomplete — and there is a flag on the play. It’s an illegal formation on the Broncos, only six men on the line of scrimmage.
2:33: That makes it first-and-15 for the Broncos at the 20-yard line. Cutler’s pass is knocked down at the line of scrimmage. On second-and-15, Cutler takes the snap in the shotgun and sends Daniel Graham in motion out wide.
Cutler finds Royal for a gain of about 12. It’s third-and-4 for the Broncos and Cutler is in shotgun again. He finds Stokley for the first down, and he’s hit as he throws.
That’s the two-minute warning.
1:56: First-and-10 for the Broncos at their own 42. Cutler hands off to Andre Hall, and he takes it to the right side for a gain of seven yards. On the next play Cutler launches it downfield toward Stokley, but it’s just past his reach and it falls incomplete.
Third-and-3 for the Broncos at their own 49. Cutler is in the shotgun and he finds Marshall. Royal lays a nice block and Marshall fights his way to the sideline. There’s a flag on the play, however.
They’re calling Royal’s block a block in the back.
Because of the penalty, the ball is brought back and it’s short of a first down. Third-and-1, and Cutler finds Hall on the run, and he runs out of bounds after picking up the first down.
1:18: Cutler avoids pressure, steps up in the pocket and tries to find Marshall in the middle of the field. It looks like Marshall would have taken a big hit, but the ball goes just through his hands and it’s actually the defender who ends up on the turf after the collision.
1:04: After an incomplete pass into the endzone in the direction of Brandon Marshall, the Broncos face a third-and-10 from the Miami 41. Cutler is in shotgun and throws the ball over the head of Stokley — it goes through his outstretched arms.
0:58: Fourth-and-10 for the Broncos. Cutler is in the shotgun. He drops back and tries to get the ball to Royal, but it’s broken up. Turnover on downs.
0:00: After Miami took over on downs, Pennington took two knees to end the game.
The Dolphins win the game against the Broncos, 26-17. The Broncos’ next game is in Cleveland. Denver travels to play the Browns this Thursday.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com