Sunday, December 21, 2008
Halftime notes from Denver
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
DENVER -- Halftime notes from beyond-freezing cold Denver where the Broncos lead 13-10:
- Denver kicker Matt Prater, who has struggled the past couple of months, was very short on a 54-yard field goal attempt with 2 minutes to go in the first half. It gave Buffalo life and the Bills scored a touchdown with 15 seconds left to make it a new ballgame.
- The game is somewhat reminiscent of the Broncos' game against San Francisco in the final contest of the 2006 season. All Denver needed to do was beat San Francisco, which was out for the playoff hunt, and it would have went to the playoffs. Denver lost in overtime. The Broncos led that game 13-0 at one point. Denver was leading Buffalo, which is out of the playoff hunt, early in the second quarter.
- Denver all-time leading receiver Rod Smith, who retired in July, addressed the crowd just prior to the game.
- Denver running back P.J. Pope, Denver's seventh starting tailback this season, is still out with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter. He had 44 yards on six carries. Tatum Bell and Selvin Young are playing for Denver.
- It was 17 degrees at kickoff. It was the second-coldest Broncos game in Denver and the coldest game in the eight-season history at Invesco Field at Mile High.
- Denver rookie receiver Eddie Royal had a 71-yard run on an end-around in the first quarter. It was his fifth play of 50 yards or longer this season.