– Denver got what it needed on the first play of the final quarter as Orton struck to Lloyd with a 41-yard touchdown pass to make it 33-20 Rams with 14:54 to play.
– The Rams started from their 25 and answered with another nice drive, mostly through the air as Bradford connected with Gibson for a gain of 14 combined with a late hit penalty for a gain of 29 to Denver’s 41.
– Two plays later, Bradford hit Alexander again, this time for 24 yards to Denver’s 10. But the Rams couldn’t punch it in and settled for a 26-yard field goal to make it 36-20 Rams with 10:43 to go.
– The Rams defense came up with a big three and out and the offense took over again at its 21.
– The offense couldn’t generate much though, going three and out on its own and giving it back to Denver at the 50.
– The Broncos moved quickly to get back in it, converting a third and 17 and Orton hit Eddie Royal for a 16-yard touchdown.
– But Denver couldn’t convert the 2-point conversion to keep the score at 36-26.
– The Rams take over at their 20. They went three and out again, keeping Denver alive.
– And the Broncos took advantage once again, going to work with a 38-yard completion to Eric Decker and a 17-yard strike to Eddie Royal to set up a 5-yard score from Orton to Lloyd. That made it 36-33 Rams with 2:35 to go.
– The Broncos went to the onside kick and Chris Chamberlain was called for “illegal batting” which cost them 10 yards and led to a re-kick.
– Chamberlain bounced back by catching the next try clean to give the Rams the ball at their 36.
– Jackson gained 4 yards on first down.
– Jackson gained 2 more on second down to set up a third-and-4.
– Jackson lost 2 yards on third down.
– Jones’s punt was deflected and the Broncos take over at their 34.
– Chris Long came up with a huge sack on first down for a loss of 6.
– Laurinaitis broke up the second down pass attempt down the middle.
– On third down, Orton threw incomplete.
– On fourth, Long pressured again and Orton’s pass fell short.
– The Rams hang on for their first road win, improve to 5-6 on the season and are sitting tied for first place in the NFC West once again.
– The Rams opened the second half with the ball at their 27 as Bradford hit Fells for a gain of 13.
– A 1-yard loss and a false start on Brit Miller pushed the Rams back as did a 6-yard loss on a screen to Jackson.
– The Rams had to punt and Denver took over at its 12 after a block in the back penalty.
– On first-and-10 from Denver’s 22, Moreno burst off the left edge but was stripped by Atogwe and the ball went straight into the hands of linebacker Na’il Diggs. He recovered at the 31.
– On first down for the Rams, Jackson burst 20 yards off the left side to Denver’s 11. Two more carries gave the Rams a first down at Denver’s 1. The Rams tried to get it to Jackson on first down but the pass fell incomplete.
– A tired Jackson went to the sideline and Kenneth Darby entered scoring untouched from a yard out to make it 33-13 Rams with 8:50 to go in the third quarter.
– The Broncos started their next drive at their 16 and surged into Rams territory on a 31-yard screen to Moreno.
– After getting to the Rams’ 36, the Broncos went backwards on two consecutive plays and punted it into the end zone. The Rams take over again at their 20.
– The Rams pieced together another nice drive with 17-yard strike to Amendola and a 23-yard hookup to Robinson.
– The drive died at Denver’s 27 and Brown missed a 45-yard field goal to keep it at 33-13 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
– At the end of the quarter, Denver has second-and-5 at the Rams’ 41 and the Rams leading 33-13.
– After taking over at their 20, the Broncos again moved swiftly, with most of the damage coming through the air. Orton hit Lloyd for a 16-yard gain and a 28-yard strike to Jabar Gaffney got them into Rams territory.
– Prater settled for a 40-yard field goal as the drive stalled at the Rams’ 22. That made it 13-7 Broncos with 12:27 to go in the half.
– No surprise here, the Rams started their third possession at their 20 after another touchback.
– On the first play, the Rams again went to the end around for Amendola who darted 30 yards with a nice block on the outside from Jason Brown.
– After two plays netted 7 yards, Bradford calmly hit Laurent Robinson for a gain of 11 and a first down at Denver’s 32.
– On third-and-9 at the 31, Bradford hit Alexander on a slant and a second effort gained 12 to Denver’s 19 for a first down.
– On third-and-6 at the 15, the Rams went back to the slant and Alexander caught it in stride to the Broncos’ 1. Alexander was ruled down there but the Rams challenged that he broke the plane of the end zone.
– The Rams lost the challenge and had a first down at Denver’s 1.
– Two attempts by Jackson failed and actually lost a yard to set up a third-and-goal at the 2.
– On third down, Bradford escaped pressure, rolled to his left and hit Bajema for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Rams a 14-13 lead with 5:45 to go in the half.
– Orton threw incomplete on first down from Denver’s 25 to open the next drive.
– Another incompletion and a 9-yard compltion to Moreno forced Denver’s first punt of the game.
– The Rams went big in the air on the possession as Bradford connected with Alexander for a gain of 40 down the left sideline to Denver’s 26.
– On the next play, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur went to his bag of tricks and called the same play that resulted in a touchdown for the Rams last week as Bradford rolled right, threw back to the left and hit Bajema for a 26-yard touchdown and a 20-13 lead. Brown missed the extra point to leave it at that score.
– The defense came through again forcing another three and out with a sack from C.J. Ah You on third down.
– The Rams started from their 40 and Bradford connected with Robinson for a gain of 20 on the first play to Denver’s 40.
– A 16-yard strike to Amendola put it at the Broncos’ 24. A pass interference penalty on Denver gave the Rams a first down at the 16 and a 6-yard completion to Amendola. But that’s all the Rams could muster and Brown converted from 28 yards out to make it 23-13 Rams with 47 seconds to go in the half.
– Eddie Royal fumbled the kickoff return and the Rams recovered at Denver’s 23. Jerome Murphy forced and recovered it. The booth reviewed the play.
– The play held up and the Rams took over at the 23.
– A 4-yard run by Jackson was all they could muster and they settled for a 37-yard field goal from Brown to make it 26-13 with 8 seconds left in the half.
– At the half, the Rams lead 26-13. Bradford was 15-of-23 for 216 yards and three scores in the first half.
– The Broncos won the toss and elected to receive.
– Josh Brown booted kickoff out of the end zone. Broncos start from their 20.
– No surprise, Denver comes out throwing with QB Kyle Orton, who hits Spencer Larsen for 11 yards and Brandon Lloyd for 14 on the first two plays.
– Orton followed with a screen to RB Knowshon Moreno for a gain of 18 to the Rams’ 37.
– Moreno picked up 16 on the next play and Lance Ball ran for 17 more to the 4-yard line. Moreno punched it in on the next play for a strong, easy start to make it 7-0 Broncos.
– Denver made it look easy on that drive, covering 80 yards on seven plays.
– The Rams started their first possession from their 39 after a return of that many yards by Danny Amendola.
– Steven Jackson gained 4 yards on two carries and Amendola dropped a potential third down conversion, forcing the Rams to punt.
– Donnie Jones’ punt went into the end zone for a touchback, giving it back to Denver at its 20.
– Eddie Royal took a reverse for 20 yards on first down to the Rams’ 40.
– Two plays later, Orton his Dan Gronkowski for 13 more yards for a first down to the Rams 47.
– Moreno picked up 9 on the next play to the Rams’ 39.
– Three more yards for Moreno on the next play gave Denver another first down to the Rams’ 35.
– The Rams got a couple of incompletions and a 4-yard completion to Daniel Graham set up a 49-yard field goal by Matt Prater to make it 10-0 Broncos with 7:24 to go in the first quarter.
– Rams defense struggling, only slowing Orton with the blitz. Look for more of that as this game continues.
– Second drive started from the Rams’ 20 after a touchback.
– The Rams opened up going in the hurry up and Amendola gained 13 yards on an end around. After a 2-yard Jackson run, Bradford hit Fells for a gain of 10 and a first down to the 45.
– Jackson gained 3 yards on the next play to set up a third-and-7 at the 48.
– Bradford hit Gibson for a gain of 8 and a first down to the Broncos 44.
– Two plays gained 7 yards to make it third-and-3. A 2-yard completion to Amendola left the Rams a yard short but they went for it on fourth down and Jackson got the yard for a first down at the 34.
– After a 2-yard loss by Jackson, Bradford dumped it to Hoomanawanui on a backside screen. He took care of the rest, breaking tackles and getting into the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown to cut the Broncos lead to 10-7 with 1:32 to go in the first quarter.
– The Broncos started again at their 20 and yet again moved quickly with an 8-yard run by Moreno and a 16-yard completion to Lloyd to give Denver a first down at its 47 at the end of the first quarter.
– Broncos lead 10-7.
– Greetings from Invesco Field at Mile High where the Rams and Broncos are preparing for a 3:15 CST kickoff.
– The Rams have a healthy bunch going into today’s game. Almost all players are available and so any inactive decisions will be considered “healthy” scratches. WR Danario Alexander is going to go as is S James Butler.
– The inactives include DE Eugene Sims, DT Jermelle Cudjo, CB Kevin Dockery, CB Quincy Butler, G John Greco, FB Mike Karney, S Michael Lewis and TE Derek Schouman.
– Butler is back in the mix this week, leaving Lewis inactive. With Cudjo down, Darell Scott is back in the lineup.
– Karney being inactive likely means more action for Michael Hoomanawanui.
– Denver’s inactives include QB Brady Quinn, CD Andre Goodman, RB Laurence Maroney, S Darcel McBath, OL Stanley Daniels, OL Eric Olsen, WR Demaryius Thomas and LB David Veikune.
– The Rams are wearing the all whites today.
– More to come after kickoff.
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