15:00: Third-and-3 for the Dolphins on their own 43-yard line. Chad Pennington takes the snap, drops back and is leveled by a leaping Ebenezer Ekuban. Ekuban looked like he came out of nowhere, flying through the air and clobbering Pennington for a six-yard sack.
Eddie Royal is back deep to field the Brandon Fields punt. The crowd is chanting “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” as Royal fields the punt and turns upfield, picking up 16 yards to the 25-yard line.
14:11: First-and-10 Denver. Jay Cutler finds Peyton Hillis near the right sideline for six yards. Now Cutler is in shotgun on second-and-4. He finds Darrell Jackson down the middle of the field, complete all the way to the Miami 46-yard line. It’s a 23-yard reception.
12:53: Cutler’s pass to Hillis on first down is incomplete. The second-down play is a handoff to Michael Pittman up the middle, and he picks up a quick two yards before being brought down.
That brings up third-and-8 for the offense. Cutler is in the shotgun formation with Pittman to his left. Daniel Graham goes in motion from right to left, and Cutler takes the snap. He’s sacked by Joey Porter, the NFL’s sack leader coming into this week.
After the two-yard sack, Brett Kern is out to punt away to Davone Bess, who fields the punt for the Dolphins at their own nine-yard line after a fair catch was signaled.
11:32: The Broncos defense breaks its huddle, ready for play to resume. Chad Pennington takes the snap for Miami on first down before finding Greg Camarillo on the sideline for a 12-yard gain. The ball is now on the Miami 21-yard line, first-and-10 Dolphins.
Pennington finds Camarillo again on the right side, but he’s leveled immediately by Karl Paymah, who is starting in place of the injured Champ Bailey. It’s a five-yard gain for Miami.
10:26: Ted Ginn caught a pass and took it for a 13-yard first down, and Pennington takes the following first-down snap in the shotgun formation. He finds Ronnie Brown for a quick completion, and with blockers in front of him Brown gets another Miami first down.
8:59: Brown takes the direct snap on first down, but he’s brought down by Marlon McCree and Jamie Winborn after only one yard. At midfield, the Dolphins face a second-and-9. Brown takes the direct snap again and fakes a handoff to Ricky Williams. He sprints toward the left side of the field but D.J. Williams slows him up and Jarvis Moss finishes him off for an eight-yard loss. Since the ball was snapped to Brown, Moss is credited with his second sack of the day.
7:45: On third-and-17, Miami picks up 13 yards on a quick pass to Patrick Cobbs, but settle for a punt from the Denver 44-yard line. It’s a 37-yard punt, fair caught by Royal at the Denver eight-yard line.
6:59: First-and-10 for the Broncos at their own nine. It’s a quick pass to Peyton Hillis on a misdirection after a fake handoff to Pittman. Hillis turns the corner and picks up 39 yards down to the Denver 47-yard line.
6:20: Cutler, under pressure, fires the ball deep downfield toward the right sideline, but no receiver was in the area and Cutler is called for intentional grounding. That brings up second-and-21, and Torain takes a carry for no gain.
On third-and-21, Cutler is in the shotgun and finds Pittman, who makes a few moves and sprints down the middle of the field for a gain of 16 yards. It brings up fourth-and-5 for the Broncos, and Brett Kern is out to punt. It’s a beauty, and it bounces straight up in the air, stopping at the seven-yard line.
4:54: The Dolphins are pinned back in their own territory after the punt. Ronnie Brown takes the handoff on first down, and D.J. Williams and Jamie Winborn take him down after two yards. On second-and-8, Pennington takes the snap and hadns off to Brown again right up the middle. Nate Webster is there for the initial stop, and Brown is dropped after four yards.
It’s third-and-4 for Miami at their own 13-yard line. Pennington is in the shotgun and bullets a pass downfield. Receiver Davone Bess catches the ball on his way down to the field — it’s a 17-yard reception and a first down at the 30-yard line.
2:47: Second-and-10 for Miami after an incomplete pass intended for Anthony Fasano. Pennington is under center with Brown behind him. Fasano goes in motion and Pennington fakes a handoff to Brown before rolling out to his right and finding Fasano for a 13-yard first down.
2:14: The Broncos are called for encroachment on first-and-10, but Pennington’s pass falls incomplete out of bounds on first-and-5.
2:00: The Dolphins have a second-and-5 from their own 48-yard line on the other side of the two-minute warning. It’s a 24-yard pass to Fasano, and the Dolphins hurry up to the line. After an eight-yard run by Brown, Miami calls its second timeout of the half.
1:28: Miami is back up to the line, and Pennington takes the snap on second-and-2. He can’t find anything downfield, so he dumps off to Brown for a two-yard gain and the first down. Moss made the stop.
After a completion to Ted Ginn to bring up first-and-goal at the 5-yard line, Pennington hands off to Ronnie Brown. Brown fumbles on the play — caused by D.J. Williams — and the Broncos recover it.
0:27: The play is under review by the officials. After the review, it’s determined that Brown was down by contact before the ball came loose. The fumble is overturned. The tackle on the last play is credited to Nate Webster.
That brings up second-and-goal at the five-yard line for the Dolphins. Miami has four receivers out left, but Brown goes in motion to the right side. Pennington tries to find Brandon London in the back right of the endzone, but he comes down out of bounds, bringing up third-and-goal at the five-yard line.
0:12: The previous play is under review. It’s confirmed incomplete, and it’s third-and-goal for Miami at the five-yard line. The INVESCO Field faithful are going nuts as it looks like the Dolphins are lined up in the same formation as second down. Pennington drops back and launches a pass to the back left of the endzone — and over the head of intended receiver Anthony Fasano, who was well-covered by Calvin Lowry.
Carpenter is out for a 23-yard field goal attempt, and it’s good with two seconds remaining in the first half.
0:02: The Dolphins lead the Broncos, 16-7. The Denver special teams unit is huddled near the sideline taking some last-minute instruction from Special Teams Coordinator Scott O’Brien. Now Royal and Andre Hall are both back to return for Denver.
Hall fields it and is brought down just past the 30-yard line.
0:00: At halftime, the Broncos trail the Dolphins, 16-7.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com