Game Notes & Stats

Full game notes and stats from the Denver Broncos 7-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Alltel Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida

1st.

2nd.

3rd. 

4th.

T
Denver 0 6 0 0 6
Jacksonville 0 7 0 0 7


Scoring Summary:

JACKSONVILLE- Ernest Wilford 12-yard TD pass, 5-plays, 32-yards in 3:19
DENVER - Jason Elam 43-yard field goal, 7-plays, 47-yards in 3:02




1st Half Notes
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As expected the Broncos come out running, as Quentin Griffin leads off with three consecutive runs for thirteen-yards. During the first half Griffin carries for 39-yards on 11 runs. Jake Plummer connects on four of six passes for 35-yards, the majority of which went to wide receiver Rod Smith who finished the quarter with three receptions for 31-yards.

Defensively the Broncos remain tight, despite the absence of Trevor Pryce, who is sidelined with lower back problems. Replacing Pryce in the lineup is four-year veteran Reggie Hayward. Denver's defense hold the Jaguars to three scoreless possessions, but the Broncos special teams unit gives up a hole on a Micah Knorr punt, and Jermaine Lewis returns the ball 50-yards to the Denver 32-yard line.

With a short field the Jaguars open up the scoring with a 12-yard pass from Byron Leftwich to Ernest Wilford and Jacksonville grabs a 7-0 lead just moments into the second quarter.

Denver responds with a fairly impressive drive, but on third down from the Jaguars 30-yard line Plummer fumbles the shotgun snap and the Broncos settle for a Jason Elam field goal from 47-yards out, narrowing the gap at 7-3.

Neither team is able to mount anything offensively until the Broncos final drive of the half where they march 76-yards over 10-plays giving Jason Elam his second field goal of the game from 22-yards out as time expires in the first half.
 

2nd Half Notes -

Both teams continue to dominate on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos clearly hold the advantage in time of possession, but have not been able to capitalize on the scoreboard. Using an equal balance of runs and passes has been fairly effective for the Broncos, but Jacksonville's defense has proven its worth in limiting the big plays, allowing Denver mid-range field position, but closing down any opportunities in the red zone.

The Jaguars suffer a huge blow when defensive lineman Paul Spicer suffers a broken leg midway through the third quarter. His status has not yet been confirmed but it is likely that he is finished for the season.

Denver continues to churn it out on the ground, splitting carries between Griffin and Tatum Bell. Although they sustain two long time consuming drives the offense is still unable to put points on the board. Jason Elam's 52-yard attempt late in the third quarter falls short and Jacksonville continues to hold a slim 7-6 advantage.

After being trapped deep in their own territory the Broncos are forced to punt, giving Jacksonville excellent field position on the Denver 42-yard line. Once again the Broncos defense steps up, and regains posession off a Jaguars punt. During the punt the Broncos are flagged for a holding penalty on Kelly Herndon, moving the ball back from the 20-yard line to the 10-yard line with 6:34 remaining in the game.

The Broncos moved the ball to their own 38-yard line where they stall out on third and one when Quentin Griffin is dropped for a two-yard loss, forcing the Broncos to punt with just over three minutes to play.

Jacksonville's drive stalls out on a controversial incomplete pass and the Jaguars are forced to punt. Rod Smith muffs the punt and Denver again is trapped deep in their own territory at the 11-yard line.

The Broncos catch a huge break on third and four from the 17-yard line when Jacksonville is flagged for roughing the passer, giving Denver a breath of life with a first down on their own 32-yard line with just over two minutes remaining.

Doing his best John Elway impersonation, Jake Plummer marches the Broncos down to the Jacksonville 23-yard line. With the clock winding down to thirty-seven seconds Denver attempts to set up a game winning Jason Elam field goal, but on third and nine second-year veteran Quentin Griffin fumbles the ball running up the middle and Jacksonville takes over possession, letting the clock expire to secure a 7-6 victory over the Broncos.

Denver's record drops to 1-1 for the season as they face the San Diego Chargers next Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High.


BRONCOS FINAL STATS

PASSING

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

J. Plummer

23/39

250

0

0

 

RUSHING

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

         

Q. Griffin

25

66

0

9

T. Bell

4

16

0

7

J. Plummer

6

24

0

9

         

 

RECEIVING

REC

YDS

TD

LG

         

R. Smith

6

83

0

34

A. Lelie

3

53

0

39

D. Carswell

3

35

0

19

Q. Griffin

5

29

0

12

J. Putzier

2

12

0

7

D. Watts

1

11

0

11

R. Droughns

1

2

0

2

 

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