15:00: Brett Kern is back to punt and Dennis Northcutt is back to receive for the Jaguars. Kern gets the punt away despite some pressure, and he’s knocked to the ground but there’s no flag. The ball bounces into the endzone and Jacksonville will start the first drive of the fourth quarter on their own 20.
14:07: The Jaguars follow up a two-yard gain on first down with a first-down completion to Matt Jones. There’s a player down after the play — it’s Boss Bailey.
Boss is walking slowly off the field flanked by two trainers, but it’s under his own power.
The Jaguars have a first-and-10 at their own 36. David Garrard drops back and rolls to his right, buying time before finding his running back Greg Jones for a two-yard gain.
13:13: On second down it’s a draw play to Maurice Jones-Drew, but he only picks up two more yards. Third-and-6 and the crowd is making noise. People are coming to their feet as Garrard takes the snap in the shotgun formation. He launches a ball downfield to Matt Jones with Dre’ Bly in defense and Bly reads the route, getting a hand in to break up the pass and forcing a Jacksonville punt.
The Adam Podlesh punt went out of bounds, but the refs mark it at the Denver 28-yard line. That drew some boos from the crowd, as the defensive players on the sideline motioned that the ball should be marked deep in Jaguars territory.
12:15: The offense is huddled up, ready to start another drive as the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are dancing on the field. Cutler takes the snap in the shotgun and tries to gun the ball to Brandon Marshall between two defenders — it’s broken up, setting up second-and-10.
The following play is a delayed handoff to Michael Pittman up the middle that picks up two yards. Third-and-8 from the 30, and Cutler is in shotgun again, Pittman standing to his right. Cutler’s pass is knocked down at the line by former Bronco Reggie Hayward, and Brett Kern is back out to punt.
Dennis Northcutt takes the ball out to the Jacksonville 32-yard line. It’s a 47-yard punt by Kern.
11:17: Garrard rolls right and his pass falls incomplete, intended for Fred Taylor. On second down the crowd is back into it and Kenny Peterson burts through the line for another sack — or so it seems, Garrard somehow manages to escape Peterson’s bear hug and rolls out to his left before throwing the ball out of bounds near Fred Taylor.
11:04: Third-and-10 for the Jaguars, Garrard in shotgun and the Broncos defensive front seven swarms him, led by Nate Webster who bursts through the line virtually untougched to wrap up Garrard for an eight-yard sack.
10:33: It’s fourth-and-18 for the Jaguars, and a false start penalty pushes the ball back five more yards. On fourth-and-23, Podlesh punts the ball away to Glenn Martinez, who finds a seam and burts straight up-field for 27 yards, all the way to the Jacksonville 37. Martinez stayed down momentarily after the return, but he walked off the field under his own power to a loud applause from the crowd.
10:03 Cutler launches the ball down the left sideline toward a streaking Marshall. His defender is right there and the pass falls incomplete, but there’s a flag for illegal contact on Drayton Florence — five yards and an automatic first down for the Broncos.
First-and-10 at the 32-yard line and Cutler is in the shotgun. He drops back and finds Marshall in the middle of the field. It looks like he’s dropped after a short gain, but he ducks his way under tackle after tackle and sprints his way 21 yards toward the right sideline, stepping out of bounds at the 11-yard line, where the Broncos have a first-and-10.
9:25: Second-and-10 for the Broncos after an incomplete pass. Marshall is out wide and PIttman joins him as a receiver before going in motion to the left. Cutler scans the field and it looks like he may dump it off to Pittman in the flats before he guns the ball to a leaping Daniel Graham, who turns and pulls his way past the goal line.
Matt Prater’s extra point is through the uprights and the Broncos are down by a touchdown to the Jaguars, 24-17.
9:19: Prater and the Broncos are lined up for the kickoff. It’s a 22-yard return by Troy Williamson and they’ll start the drive at their own 27. The crowd is fired up. Handoff to Maurice Jones-Drew on first down and he bulls his way forward for seven yards.
Boss Bailey is inciting the crowd as Jones-Drew signals for a first down after bursting his way through the middle of the line to the 41-yard line.
8:10: DE-FENSE is the chant from the crowd, and Boss Bailey walks off the field after being shaken up on the last play. First-and-10 for Jacksonville. It’s a fake handoff by Garrard, who tries to bootleg to his left. He’s brought down by Nate Webster after only one yard.
The crowd comes to its feet on second-and-9. It’s a pass to Matt Jones but he drops it on his way to the ground as Dre’ Bly lays a big hit on him.
That sets up third-and-9 at the 42-yard line for Jacksonville. Now the entire stadium is rocking. Garrard is rolling out to his right, being chased by Elvis Dumervil, and he lets loose a bullet down the right sideline. Marlon McCree makes a great diving breakup and Adam Podlesh is out to punt for Jacksonville on fourth-and-9.
Martinez bursts forward for ten yards on the return and looks like he might have something again — but he’s tackled by two Jaguars at the 31-yard line.
6:50: Jay Cutler takes the snap and hands off to Pittman, who keeps his legs turning and picks up four yards up the middle of the defense.
On second-and-6, Cutler is in the shotgun and Pittman goes in motion out left. Cutler tries to get the ball to Marshall, who is running to the left across the middle of the defense. He drops the ball, however, and it’s third-and-6 for the Broncos at their own 35.
Cutler drops back and avoids the pass rush, but he throws the ball to no one as he is backing away from the defense. Brett Kern is out for the punt on fourth down.
It looks like Northcutt might be able to turn the corner but Niko Koutouvides rides him out of bounds at the 28-yard line. It’s a 42-yard punt by Kern, five-yard return by Northcutt.
5:40: Jones-Drew takes the first-down handoff and he’s stopped by Champ Bailey after no gain. The crowd is chanting DE-FENSE. On second down, Garrard fakes the handoff and rolls out to his left and completes a pass to Reggie Williams. Marlon McCree knocks him out of bounds, setting up a third-and-2.
The crowd is on its feet. Garrard is in the shotgun. He keeps the ball on a quarterback draw, finding a hole up the middle for the first down. Denver calls its first timeout of the half. 4:48 remains in the game.
4:39: Denver calls its second timeout after D.J. Williams and Nate Webster wrapped up Jones-Drew after a gain of two yards. Second-and-8 at their own 41 for the Jaguars.
4:39: Garrard’s pass falls incomplete but the refs call pass interference on Marlon McCree, who arrived seemingly just as the ball arrived — the crowd did not approve of the call as the replay was shown on Thunder Vision. That sets up a first down for the Jaguars at the Denver 32-yard line.
3:20: The crowd is booing as the Jaguars face a third-and-4 at the Denver 26. It’s a handoff to Jones-Drew, and he powers his way for a first down at the 20-yard line.
2:58: Denver calls its third and final timeout. Fred Taylor keeps the pile moving for a four-yard gain on first down. Taylor moves the pile again on second-and-6, picking up six yards and setting up first-and-goal for the Jaguars.
2:00: With Denver out of timeouts, Garrard takes three straight knees to run the clock out and seal the outcome.
The Jaguars beat the Broncos, 24-17. Denver travels to New England for a Monday night matchup next week.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com