BRONCOS VS. TEXANS:
The Broncos have fallen by a final score of 31-25. Below are the blogs from tonight’s action. Stay tuned to DenverBroncos.com for complete postgame coverage.
ROD SMITH TO JOIN RING OF FAME SUNDAY: On Sunday, the Broncos are inducting wide receiver Rod Smith into the team’s Ring of Fame. The ceremony will take place at halftime.
SAFETY PUTS BRONCOS ON THE BOARD: After 57-yard punt by punter Britton Colquitt pinned the Texans deep in their own territory, defensive end Elvis Dumervil sacked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub for a safety that makes it 2-0, Broncos. Click here to view the play.
PRATER MAKES IT 5-0, TEXANS RESPOND: The Broncos took a 5-0 lead after a 46-yard drive ended with a 32-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater, but Houston answered with a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Schaub to wide receiver Andre Johnson.
LONG DRIVE GIVES HOUSTON 14-5 LEAD: Houston stretched its lead to 14-5 on a 97-yard scoring march that culminated in a 3-yard touchdown completion from Texans quarterback Matt Schaub to running back Arian Foster.
BRONCOS CUT LEAD TO 21-8: The Broncos moved 75 yards in nine plays to set up a 23-yard Matt Prater field goal that made it 21-8, Texans. Denver picked up big yardage on a 30-yard completion from quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Joel Dreessen and a 23-yarder from Manning to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
INJURY UPDATE: The Broncos have announed that linebacker Nate Irving will not return after sustaining a concussion on a special teams tackle. Running back Willis McGahee’s return is questionable after a rib injury.
HALF ENDS WITH WOODYARD’S PICK SETTING UP PRATER’S 53-YARDER: Thanks to an interception by linebacker Wesley Woodyard, the Broncos were able to put together a quick field goal drive highlighted by two completions from quarterback Peyton Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker. Kicker Matt Prater finished the drive by converting from 53 yards out, leaving just one second on the clock before halftime.
BRONCOS INDUCT ROD SMITH: Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith was honored at midfield during halftime, with Owner Pat Bowlen presenting Smith with a ring. Smith then thanked the fans for their support.
HOUSTON GOES UP 31-11: The Texans now lead by 20 after a five-play, 72-yard drive highlighted by a 46-yard completion from quarterback Matt Schaub to wide receiver Lestar Jean. Houston finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Schaub to tight end Owen Daniels.
MANNING FINDS STOKLEY, MAKING IT 31-18: Capitalizing on a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Justin Bannan, the Broncos put together a 2-play, 49-yard scoring drive that culminated with quarterback Peyton Manning hooking up with Brandon Stokley for a 38-yard touchdown pass.
BRONCOS PULL WITHIN 31-25: The Broncos have made it a one-possession game. Denver moved 74 yards in 16 plays, capping the scoring march with a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Joel Dreessen.