San Diego's Cromartie melts down

September, 14, 2008
9/14/08
5:32
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- For the second straight week, a Pro Bowl cornerback lost his cool against Denver -- and it cost his team.

Early in the second quarter, San Diego's Antonio Cromartie was beaten by Denver receiver Brandon Marshall and then Marshall ran about eight yards after the catch inside the San Diego 10-yard line.

Cromartie finally drove Marshall out of bounds. Cromartie kept driving and was called for a personal foul. The Broncos ended up taking a 14-3 lead on a Jay Cutler touchdown pass to Tony Scheffler.

On Denver's next drive, Cromartie was charged with another personal foul after tackling Marshall. Cutler then hit Scheffler for another touchdown as Denver jumped up on San Diego, 21-3.

After each penalty, Cromartie, who was questionable with a hip injury, was jumping up and down and clapping his hands.

Cromartie's meltdown was reminiscent of Oakland's DeAngelo Hall last week. He was called for two personal fouls in a span of three plans on Denver rookie Eddie Royal in Denver's 41-14 win over the Raiders.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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