1972-Week 1 Oilers@Broncos

INURY REPORT: Denver and Houston both lose players for a few weeks in todays ball game.

PLAY BY PLAY REPORT

Week 1
Sunday, September 17, 1972

~ 1st Quarter ~

DEN – 15:00 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Jim Turner kicks it off … … this one will be fielded … about 2 yards into the Houston endzone …

HOU – 14:45 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Willie Rodgers returns the kick off 13 yards … to the Houston 11 yard line.

HOU – 14:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Oilers with 0 yards rushing so far … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … he bounces to the outside … reverses direction … leaps over a tackle and is spilled to the turf … … that’s a pickup of 2 yards … it’s 2nd and 8 from the Houston 13 yard line.

HOU – 13:45 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Albert Johnson … carries it to the left side … met at the line … driven back … and he churns forward again … and the Broncos bring him down … just 1 yard gained … Houston is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 14.

HOU – 13:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and the Oilers are 0 for 0 on third down … Dan Pastorini dodges a hit and dumps it to Charlie Joiner … trying to make something out of nothing … and he’s tripped up at the Houston 21 yard line … that’s a short gain of 7 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 21.

HOU – 13:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Broncos are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Face Mask – Flagrant) … and an automatic 1st down comes with it. It’s now 1st and 10 for the Oilers from their own 36 yard line.

HOU – 12:45 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Denver showing blitz … AND THEY BRING IT … Dan Pastorini hands it to Albert Johnson … he makes for the sideline … and he’s drilled out of bounds … the Broncos are fired up after that play … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Houston 36 yard line.

HOU – 12:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – We have 12:45 left in the 1st Quarter … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … hands it to Albert Johnson … he runs left … darts inside … hit hard and brought down … … short of a 1st Down … a gain of 3 yards on the play … Houston is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 39.

HOU – 11:45 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini takes his drop from center … looking … AND HE’S SMOKED BY PAUL SMITH … and that’s a loss of 6 yards … that is Denver’s 1st sack of the game … the Oilers now face a 4th and 13 from the Houston 33.

HOU – 11:45 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Houston is set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

DEN – 11:30 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Randy Montgomery … calls for the fair catch … and Denver will start 1st and 10 from their own 20 yard line.

DEN – 11:00 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Broncos with 0 yards rushing so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … running right … his offensive line gives way … and with brute force he just manages to get over the line or scrimmage … a hard-earned 1 yard gain on the play … it’s 2nd and 9 from the Denver 21 yard line.

DEN – 10:30 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he gets around the corner … tiptoeing down the sideline … and now he’s drilled out of bounds … a pickup of 5 yards … Denver is looking at 3rd and 4 from their own 26.

DEN – 10:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 4 and the Broncos are 0 for 0 on third down … Steve Ramsey … with the double-clutch … now he throws to Rod Sherman … almost intercepted … it’s incomplete … … the Broncos now face a 4th and 4 from the Denver 26.

DEN – 10:00 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets it away … … … he angles it toward the sideline …. and it goes out of bounds … at the Broncos 48 yard line … that’s where Houston will take possession … 1st and 10 …

HOU – 09:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … there’s 10:00 left in the 1st Quarter … Dan Pastorini survey’s the secondary … and throws to Charlie Joiner .. caught on the run … … and he trips and falls … touched down at the Denver 38 yard line … a pickup of 10 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 38.

HOU – 09:27 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … immediate pressure right up the middle … Dan Pastorini scrambles and unloads it out of bounds … Ken Burroughs was the closest one to it … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Denver 38.

HOU – 08:57 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Ward Walsh … he’s going left … nothing there … now shifting to the right side … and tripped up behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -10 yards … it’s now 3rd and 20 from the Denver 48.

HOU – 08:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 20 and Houston is 1 for 2 on third down … Dan Pastorini … throws to Ken Burroughs … and it’s incomplete … Dan Pastorini and Ken Burroughs weren’t on the same page … Ken Burroughs went one way and the throw went another way … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 20 from the Denver 48.

HOU – 08:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Oilers are set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini’s punt will carry … … and it’s into the end zone … that’s a touchback … the Broncos will scrimmage from their 20.

DEN – 08:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Steve Ramsey … rolling out of the pocket … AND JOHN CHARLES DIVES … AND TRIPS HIM UP … and that’s a loss of 8 yards … that is Houston’s 1st sack of the game … that sack by John Charles makes it … 2nd and 18 from the Denver 12 yard line.

DEN – 07:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 2nd and 18 … the Broncos with 6 yards rushing so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … he bounces to the outside … reverses direction … leaps over a tackle and is spilled to the turf … … that’s a pickup of 5 yards … Denver is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 17.

DEN – 07:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 13 and the Broncos are 0 for 1 on third down … Broncos with a man in motion … Steve Ramsey slings it to Floyd Little at the Denver 18 … makes a nice move … and is tackled at the Denver 27 yard line … a pickup of 10 yards … the Broncos now face a 4th and 3 from the Denver 27.

DEN – 07:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 06:53 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 40 … and returns the punt 43 yards … to the Denver 17 yard line.

HOU – 06:38 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini fades back in the pocket … short throw to Charlie Joiner … he makes the catch … and is immediately brought down … a short gain of 5 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the Denver 12.

HOU – 06:08 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini looks over his line … they’re set in Pistol Formation … he takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … runs off-tackle right side … breaks a tackle … past the line of scrimmage … and brought down after a gain of 9 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Denver 3.

HOU – 05:38 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Denver has five up on the line … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Albert Johnson … he’s hit immediately … wrapped up and brought down … that’s a loss of -2 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Denver 5.

HOU – 05:23 – ( 6 – 0 ) – Dan Pastorini … rolling to the right … he’s got a clear path to the end zone … but he lobs it to Ken Burroughs … and he makes the easy grab … … it’s a 5-yard touchdown.

HOU – 05:23 – ( 7 – 0 ) – … and Skip Butler’s point after is good !!

HOU – 05:23 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Here’s Skip Butler with the kick off … … a lot of leg behind this one … … … as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Broncos will scrimmage from their 20 yard line.

DEN – 04:53 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Denver in Wildcat Formation with 11 yards on the ground so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … he rips through the line … and now he’s tripped up and brought down … the Oilers could have done a better job there … as it’s a gain of 10 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 30.

DEN – 04:13 – ( 7 – 0 ) – The Oilers have given up 21 yards on the ground thus far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … good move at the line … stutter-step … and now he lunges forward … and is brought down … a pickup of 10 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 40.

DEN – 03:43 – ( 7 – 0 ) – We’ve got … 04:13 left in the 1st Quarter … Steve Ramsey from the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … gets around the right corner … down the sideline … and sent head over heels out of bounds … a nice pickup of 8 yards … it’s 2nd and 2 from the Denver 48 yard line.

DEN – 03:14 – ( 7 – 6 ) – Steve Ramsey takes the snap … hands it to Floyd Little … following his right tackle … AND INTO THE OPEN !! … … … … … … … … … … … … a 52-yard touchdown.

DEN – 03:14 – ( 7 – 7 ) – … and Jim Turner’s point after is good !!

DEN – 03:14 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Jim Turner with the kick off … … … he drives this one deep … … and Houston has it … about 9 yards into their endzone …

HOU – 03:14 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Benny Johnson will not return it from the endzone … they’ll scrimmage the football at their own 20 … and they start there, first down and 10 yards to go.

HOU – 02:34 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Houston is set in the shotgun … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Charlie Joiner … running straight ahead … gets a block … and now the Broncos bring him down … a hard pickup of 10 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 30.

HOU – 02:04 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Oilers set up in Pistol Formation … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … he slams through the line of scrimmage … cuts left … hit hard and brought down … a decent gain of 12 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 42.

HOU – 01:34 – ( 7 – 7 ) – There’s 02:04 left in the 1st Quarter … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … he falls in the backfield … gets to his feet … zig-zagging through the line … and pulled down … a good job of getting something out of nothing … a gain of 2 yards on the play … it’s 2nd and 8 from the Houston 44 yard line.

HOU – 01:04 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Houston breaks the huddle in Wildcat Formation … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … he lugs the football … drives into the middle of the line … and the Broncos trip him up … a 1 yard gain … Houston is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 45.

HOU – 00:49 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and Houston is 1 for 3 on third down … Dan Pastorini … has time … … throwing deep downfield … … … … … … … and … … it’s way over the head of Jim Beirne … incomplete … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 7 from the Houston 45.

HOU – 00:49 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Houston is set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

DEN – 00:34 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Rod Sherman … calls for the fair catch … and Denver will start 1st and 10 from their own 7 yard line.

DEN – 00:19 – ( 7 – 7 ) – The Broncos are assessed a 3 yard penalty (False Start). It’s now 1st and 13 from the Denver 4 yard line.

DEN – 00:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 13 … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … feeling his way through the middle … finds a seam … breaks a tackle … and he’s wrapped up after a decent pickup of 6 yards … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Denver 10 yard line.

~ 2nd Quarter ~

DEN – 14:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Steve Ramsey in shotgun … hands it off to Joe Dawkins … it’s a draw play … right behind the center … hit behind the line … and he’s fortunate to make it to the line of scrimmage … a solid effort … but no gain in the stat column … Denver is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 10.

DEN – 14:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Steve Ramsey’s pass for Billy Masters … tipped … … AND INTERCEPTED !!! … the Oilers have the ball at the Denver 20 yard line …

HOU – 14:12 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Benny Johnson returns the interception all the way … for a 20-yard touchdown.

HOU – 14:12 – ( 13 – 7 ) – … and Skip Butler’s point after is No good !!

HOU – 14:12 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Skip Butler with the kick off … … … and the Broncos will field it … at the Denver 11 …

DEN – 13:57 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Randy Montgomery returns the kick off 18 yards … to the Denver 29 yard line.

DEN – 13:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he takes it off-tackle … neither the Houston or Denver lines are giving an inch … and now he’s dumped to the turf … just a 1 yard gain on the play … it’s 2nd and 9 from the Denver 30 yard line.

DEN – 12:57 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Denver with a man in motion … there’s 13:27 left in the 2nd Quarter … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … runs it right … stiff-arm … cuts back against the grain … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 6 yards … Denver is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 36.

DEN – 12:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – We’ve got … 12:57 left in the 2nd Quarter … Steve Ramsey from the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … going to the right side … tough sledding … as the Houston and the Denver lines mash into one another … now he’s brought down … a 1 yard gain on the play … the Broncos now face a 4th and 2 from the Denver 37.

DEN – 12:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 12:07 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 21 … and returns the punt 1 yard … to the Houston 22 yard line.

HOU – 11:37 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Dan Pastorini has a Broncos lineman draped all over him … shovels it to Fred Willis at the Houston 23 … bulldozing his way up field … finally brought down at the Houston 34 yard line … a good pickup of 12 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 34.

HOU – 11:07 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Dan Pastorini is in Pistol Formation … takes the snap … quick drop … throws to Albert Johnson … and he’s hit and downed at the Houston 37 yard line … just a gain of 3 yards on the play … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Houston 37 yard line.

HOU – 10:37 – ( 13 – 7 ) – The Broncos shift their defensive line … Houston has run the ball 11 times … and Albert Johnson will add to that total … he carries the football … hit in the backfield … and driven to the turf … right at the line of scrimmage … no gain on the play … Houston is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 37.

HOU – 10:22 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and the Oilers are 1 for 4 on third down … Dan Pastorini … takes the snap and drops back … … throws to Charlie Joiner … and it’s batted away … incomplete … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 7 from the Houston 37.

HOU – 10:22 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Houston is set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

DEN – 10:07 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Rod Sherman … calls for the fair catch … and Denver will start 1st and 10 from their own 28 yard line.

DEN – 10:07 – ( 13 – 7 ) – The Broncos are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Invalis Fair Carch Signal-Denver). That places the football back to the Denver 23 yard line.

DEN – 09:37 – ( 13 – 7 ) – The Oilers are playing run … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … he tries going outside … AND HE’S SMOKED BEHIND THE LINE … that’s a loss of -3 yards … it’s 2nd and 13 from the Denver 20 yard line.

DEN – 08:57 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Houston with lots of beef on their defensive line … Steve Ramsey hands it off to Floyd Little … good move to avoid a hit … but gets his legs cut out from underneath him … no gain on the play … Denver is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 20.

DEN – 08:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Steve Ramsey … in scramble mode … trying to make it to the sideline … AND PHIL CROYLE MAKES A BEAUTIFUL SHOE-STRING TACKLE !! … and that’s a loss of 7 yards … that is Houston’s 2nd sack of the game … the Broncos now face a 4th and 20 from the Denver 13.

DEN – 08:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … … and just got the punt away … … …

HOU – 08:12 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Denver 47 … and returns the punt 0 yards … to the Denver 47 yard line.

HOU – 07:42 – ( 13 – 7 ) – The Broncos have given up 42 yards in passing so far … Dan Pastorini throws to Ken Burroughs at the Denver 36 … and he makes the catch … and Ken Burroughs is tackled at the Denver 30 yard line … a pickup of 17 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 30.

HOU – 07:12 – ( 13 – 7 ) – We’ve got 07:42 left in the 2nd Quarter … the sea parts and the Broncos pour in … Dan Pastorini just got it off to Jim Beirne … he would’ve been better off dropping it … as he’s clobbered at the Denver 24 yard line … just 6 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 4 from the Denver 24.

HOU – 06:32 – ( 13 – 7 ) – Dan Pastorini takes the snap … drops back into the pocket … all sorts of traffic in his face … and he’s going to run … … Dan Pastorini scrambles for 9 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 15.

HOU – 06:02 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Oilers spread out wide … they’ve got 65 yards in passing so far … but they won’t be passing here … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … running behind the right side of his line … and now he’s up ended … that’s a loss of -3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 13 from the Denver 18.

HOU – 05:42 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 2nd and 13 … Dan Pastorini … double-pumps … and throws to Fred Willis along the left sideline … and it’s incomplete … he couldn’t get both feet down before being knocked out of bounds … … it’s now 3rd and 13 from the Denver 18.

HOU – 05:27 – ( 13 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 13 and the Oilers are 1 for 5 on third down … Dan Pastorini … throws to Ken Burroughs … and it’s incomplete … … Dan Pastorini felt the pressure … and had to unload it, before he wanted to … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 13 from the Denver 18.

HOU – 05:07 – ( 13 – 7 ) – The Oilers are assessed a 5 yard penalty (False Start). It’s now 4th and 18 from the Denver 23 yard line.

HOU – 04:52 – ( 16 – 7 ) – From the 23 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 30 yard line and the Oilers are looking at a 30 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Skip Butler’s field goal from 30 yards … … IT LOOKS GOOD … … AND IT IS !! … and that will extend the Oilers the lead … it’s now 16-7 for Houston.

HOU – 04:52 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Skip Butler with the kick off … … … and the Broncos will field it … at the Denver 6 …

DEN – 04:37 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Randy Montgomery returns the kick off 35 yards … to the Denver 41 yard line.

DEN – 03:57 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Steve Ramsey slowly settles behind his center … barks out the signals … takes the snap … and pitches it back to Floyd Little … trying to get to the corner … BUT THERE IS NO CORNER … and the Broncos drill him to the turf … no gain on the play … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Denver 41 yard line.

DEN – 03:27 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Denver with 102 yards on the ground so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he’s met at the line … but keeps chugging forward until he’s brought down … a gain of 3 yards … Denver is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 44.

DEN – 02:57 – ( 16 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and the Broncos are 0 for 5 on third down … Houston with a heavy pass rush … Steve Ramsey with a quick dump-off … behind the line of scrimmage to Floyd Little … he’s got it … and he’s immediately swarmed by the Oilers … … great defensive coverage by the Oilers on that play … it’s a loss of -6 yards … the Broncos now face a 4th and 13 from the Denver 38.

DEN – 02:57 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 02:42 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 21 … and returns the punt 10 yards … to the Houston 31 yard line.

HOU – 02:00 – ( 16 – 7 ) – The Oilers break the huddle in the shotgun … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Fred Willis … he feigns right … now left … and brought to the turf … that’s a pickup of 7 yards … it’s 2nd and 3 from the Houston 38 yard line.

02:00 – TWO MINUTE WARNING

HOU – 01:30 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Dan Pastorini from the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Fred Willis … knifing his way through the line … gets through … but is quickly forced to the turf after a gain of 3 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 41.

DEN – 01:15 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Dan Pastorini drops back to pass … pressure from the outside … and the football is batted out of Dan Pastorini’s hand … that’s a fumble … Charles Greer recovers the fumble for Denver … and returns it -1 yard to the Houston 24 yard line.

DEN – 00:45 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Steve Ramsey … throws to Rod Sherman … and it’s complete for zero yards … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Houston 24.

DEN – 00:30 – ( 16 – 7 ) – The Broncos have run the ball 16 times and they’re running here … from Pistol Formation … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … protecting the football … driving ahead … driving … and now he’s tackled … a hard-fought pickup of 6 yards … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Houston 18.

DEN – 00:21 – ( 16 – 7 ) – Denver with 111 yards on the ground so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … runs right … not much there … but he squeezes through the line … and now he’s dumped after a decent pickup of 8 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Houston 10.

00:21 – TIME-OUT – The Denver Broncos call their 1st Time-Out.

DEN – 00:11 – ( 16 – 7 ) – The Broncos are assessed a 10 yard penalty (Illegal Use of Hands). It’s now 1st and 20 from the Houston 20 yard line.

DEN – 00:02 – ( 16 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 20 … Steve Ramsey is hit … but gets the throw off … Billy Masters slides and makes the catch at the Houston 12 … back to his feet … and he’s clobbered at the Houston 10 yard line … a pickup of 10 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Houston 10.

00:02 – TIME-OUT – The Denver Broncos call their 2nd Time-Out.

DEN – 00:00 – ( 16 – 10 ) – From the 10 … the football will be spotted at the Houston 17 yard line and the Broncos are looking at a 17 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Jim Turner’s field goal from 17 yards … … OFF CENTER … … BUT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS !!! … and the Broncos cut into the Oilers lead … it’s now 16-10 for Houston.

Time has run out … that’s the end of the 1st Half … both teams head to their locker rooms … with the score … the Houston Oilers 16 … and the Denver Broncos 10.

~ 3rd Quarter ~

The Broncos kicked off to begin the game … now the Oilers will kick off to begin the second half …

HOU – 15:00 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Here’s Skip Butler with the kick off … … a lot of leg behind this one … … … as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Broncos will scrimmage from their 20 yard line.

DEN – 14:30 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Denver breaks the huddle in the shotgun … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … running off the right-tackle … his front line gives way … and he’s driven to the turf behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Denver 19 yard line.

DEN – 14:00 – ( 16 – 10 ) – We’ve got 14:30 left in the 3rd Quarter … Steve Ramsey … a delayed screen to Floyd Little at the Denver 20 … following a wall of blockers … now he’s dropped at the Denver 29 yard line … a decent pickup of 10 yards … Denver is looking at 3rd and 1 from their own 29.

DEN – 13:30 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Denver with 118 yards on the ground so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … feeling his way as he moves forward … sidesteps a hit … and now he’s caught and flung out of bounds … that’s a pickup of 3 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 32.

DEN – 13:00 – ( 16 – 10 ) – There’s 13:30 left in the 3rd Quarter … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he’s running left … and tripped up and sent sprawling … just past the line of scrimmage … a 1 yard gain … it’s 2nd and 9 from the Denver 33 yard line.

DEN – 12:30 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Steve Ramsey … pumps … AND ELVIN BETHEA JUST OBLITERATES HIM !! … A DEVASTATING HIT … and that’s a loss of 4 yards … that is Houston’s 3rd sack of the game … Denver is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 29 after that sack.

DEN – 12:10 – ( 16 – 10 ) – The Oilers are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Contact) … and an automatic 1st down comes with it. It’s now 1st and 10 for the Broncos from their own 34 yard line.

DEN – 11:55 – ( 16 – 10 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Steve Ramsey is shifting his backfield … now they’re set … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … low throw to Riley Odoms … and it bounces a good two feet in front of him … and it’s incomplete … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Denver 34 yard line.

DEN – 11:25 – ( 16 – 10 ) – We’ve got 11:55 left in the 3rd Quarter … Steve Ramsey somehow escapes the pocket … floats it out to Rod Sherman … caught at the 50 … stiff-arms a tackle … and is downed at the Houston 41 yard line … a gain of 25 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 41.

DEN – 11:10 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Steve Ramsey … takes the snap … and steps back in the pocket … throwing short … … and Rod Sherman is well defended and can’t come up with it … it’s incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Houston 41.

DEN – 10:40 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Steve Ramsey with an underhand toss to Billy Masters at the Houston 40 … gets through the line and picks up speed … still going … finally tripped up at the Houston 14 yard line … a pickup of 27 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 14.

DEN – 10:25 – ( 16 – 10 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Steve Ramsey is shifting his backfield … now they’re set … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … high throw to Billy Masters … and it sails over his head … and it’s incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Houston 14.

DEN – 09:55 – ( 16 – 10 ) – We’ve got 10:25 left in the 3rd Quarter … Steve Ramsey takes the snap and rolls right … short toss to Rod Sherman at the Houston 11 … pirouettes around a tackle … still going …and he’s dumped at the Houston 2 yard line … a pickup of 12 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Houston 2.

DEN – 09:25 – ( 16 – 10 ) – Steve Ramsey takes the snap and gives it to Floyd Little … running straight ahead … and his line collapses … and the Oilers seemed to be everywhere on that play … no gain … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Houston 2.

DEN – 09:10 – ( 16 – 16 ) – Steve Ramsey takes the snap … gives it to Joe Dawkins … moving to the right … hit at the line … BUT HE BULLDOZES HIS WAY INTO THE END ZONE !!! … a 2-yard touchdown.

DEN – 09:10 – ( 16 – 17 ) – … and Jim Turner’s point after is good !!

DEN – 09:10 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver with the kick … Jim Turner sends this one deep … and the Oilers will play it … about 6 yards into their endzone …

HOU – 09:10 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Willie Rodgers will not return it from the endzone … they’ll scrimmage the football at their own 20 … and they start there, first down and 10 yards to go.

HOU – 08:55 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini checks the play-clock … now takes the snap … throws to Charlie Joiner … incomplete … … it went IN and OUT of his hands … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Houston 20 yard line.

HOU – 08:25 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini … looking for an open man … and Tom Domres just came out of nowhere and drilled him … and that’s a loss of 6 yards … that is Denver’s 2nd sack of the game … Houston is looking at 3rd and 16 from their own 14 after that sack.

HOU – 07:45 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 3rd and 16 and the Oilers are 1 for 6 on third down … Houston has put the ball in the air 15 times and they’re passing here … Dan Pastorini throws down the sideline … and hits Ken Burroughs in full stride … at the Houston 25 … and now he steps out of bounds at the Houston 34 yard line … a pickup of 20 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 34.

HOU – 07:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and the Broncos are blitzing … Dan Pastorini just turns and flings it … … and it sails way over the head of Fred Willis … … Dan Pastorini seemed to just flat-out panic on that play … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Houston 34 yard line.

HOU – 07:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini with a short floater to Ken Burroughs … he chugs forward and is tripped up at the Houston 36 yard line … a pickup of 2 yards on the play … Houston is looking at 3rd and 8 from their own 36.

HOU – 06:40 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 3rd and 8 and Houston is 2 for 7 on third down … Dan Pastorini … throws to Charlie Joiner … and it’s intercepted !!! … NO, CHARLIE JOINER KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE DENVER PLAYERS HANDS !!! … it’s an incomplete pass … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 8 from the Houston 36.

HOU – 06:40 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Houston is set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

DEN – 06:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Rod Sherman … calls for the fair catch … and Denver will start 1st and 10 from their own 10 yard line.

DEN – 05:50 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he runs left … darts inside … and meets a tractor coming the other way … Health Safety Rule 1 – be cognizant of where those tractors are at all times … a gain of 3 yards on the play … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Denver 13 yard line.

DEN – 05:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey moves in behind the center … takes the snap … hands it off to Floyd Little … he lowers his shoulder and he’s forced to the ground … no gain … Houston brought more than the Broncos could block … Denver is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 13.

DEN – 05:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Broncos are assessed a 7 yard penalty (Holding). It’s now 3rd and 14 from the Denver 6 yard line.

DEN – 04:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 3rd and 14 … the Broncos are in the shotgun … they have 127 yards rushing so far … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … he carries it off-tackle … filtering his way through the line … hit and sent backwards into the turf … a gain of 5 yards … the Broncos now face a 4th and 9 from the Denver 11.

DEN – 04:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 04:15 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 25 … and returns the punt 27 yards … to the Denver 48 yard line.

HOU – 03:45 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Broncos shuffling at the line … they’ve given up 44 yards on the ground so far … Houston is set in the shotgun … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Ward Walsh … runs up the middle … he’s trapped behind the line of scrimmage … tries to reverse direction … and he’s snowed under … that will be a loss of -5 yards … it’s 2nd and 15 from the Houston 47 yard line.

HOU – 03:15 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and floats it out to Charlie Joiner at the Denver 42 … and Charlie Joiner is hit and downed at the Denver 34 yard line … a pickup of 19 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 34.

HOU – 03:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Dan Pastorini rolls to the right … double-clutches … and lobs it over the middle … Ken Burroughs reaching out … … and it’s batted away at the last second … incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Denver 34.

HOU – 02:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 2nd and 10 … the Oilers with 39 yards rushing so far … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Fred Willis … he’ll try the middle … NOWHERE TO GO … his front line just parted like the Red Sea … that will be a loss of -5 yards … it’s now 3rd and 15 from the Denver 39.

HOU – 01:50 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini’s pass protection breaks down … he’s heading for the sideline … and he will not get there … as he’s brought down in bounds … Dan Pastorini scrambles for 6 yards … the Oilers now face a 4th and 9 from the Denver 33.

DEN – 01:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Oilers are setting up for the field goal attempt … whoa !! … there’s a loose ball from an errant snap … … now there’s a mad scramble for the ball … and it looks like the Broncos have it … at the Denver 40 yard line … Chip Myrtle recovers the fumble for Denver … and returns it zero yards to the 40 yard line.

DEN – 00:55 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … nothing to the left … so he bounces to the right … and now he’s spun to the turf … a gain of 15 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 45.

DEN – 00:25 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Broncos have passed for 88 yards so far … Steve Ramsey drifts it over the middle … Riley Odoms pulls it in … spins to fend off a tackle … and he’s sent sprawling at the Houston 37 yard line … a gain of 8 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 2 from the Houston 37.

DEN – 00:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Oilers are looking for a defensive stop or turn-over … as they need to cut into the Broncos lead … Steve Ramsey sets his backfield … takes the snap … settling in the pocket … throws to … Floyd Little and he’s hit and can’t hang on … it’s incomplete … … it’s now 3rd and 2 from the Houston 37.

~ 4th Quarter ~

DEN – 14:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver is set in Pistol Formation … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Dawkins … he’s looking for a gap in the line … but there’s nothing there … and he’s brought down … that will be a loss of -8 yards … the Broncos now face a 4th and 10 from the Houston 45.

DEN – 14:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 14:15 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 13 … and returns the punt 1 yard … to the Houston 14 yard line.

HOU – 13:45 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Oilers break the huddle in I Formation … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … BROKEN PLAY !!! … and the Broncos are all over him like a dirty blanket … that’s a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Houston 13 yard line.

HOU – 13:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 2nd and 11 … Dan Pastorini … throws to Ken Burroughs … and it’s incomplete … … Ken Burroughs almost made a miraculous catch … but it’s clear he trapped it against the turf … … Houston is looking at 3rd and 11 from their own 13.

HOU – 13:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini takes his drop from center … looking … AND HE’S SMOKED BY LYLE ALZADO … and that’s a loss of 1 yard … that is Denver’s 3rd sack of the game … the Oilers now face a 4th and 12 from the Houston 12.

HOU – 13:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Houston is set in punt formation … … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

DEN – 12:45 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Floyd Little fields it at the Denver 49 … and returns the punt 5 yards … to the Houston 46 yard line.

DEN – 12:30 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Steve Ramsey … rolling out to the left … throws to Rod Sherman … and it’s incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Houston 46.

DEN – 12:00 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey … from the shotgun … surveys the secondary … throws it downfield … caught by Floyd Little … and he takes a hard hit and is dropped at the Houston 34 yard line … a pickup of 12 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 34.

DEN – 11:45 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Oilers have everyone up on the line … now they drop eight of them back … Steve Ramsey takes the snap and rolls to his left … … low throw … Billy Masters drops to one knee … and short hops it … and it’s incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Houston 34.

DEN – 11:15 – ( 16 – 17 ) – There’s 11:45 left in the 4th Quarter … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … and gives it to Floyd Little … he runs to the left … and he won’t even make it back to the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -1 yard … it’s now 3rd and 11 from the Houston 35.

DEN – 10:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey … in immediate trouble … tries to break free … BUT ALLEN ALDRIGE WILL HAVE NONE OF THAT … AS HE FLINGS HIM TO THE TURF … and that’s a loss of 6 yards … that is Houston’s 4th sack of the game … Houston’s relentless pressure forces a 4th and 17 from the Houston 41.

DEN – 10:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 10:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Ken Houston … calls for the fair catch … and Houston will start 1st and 10 from their own 18 yard line.

HOU – 09:50 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Broncos shuffling at the line … they’ve given up 39 yards on the ground so far … Houston is set up in the shotgun … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … running left … filters through the line … trying to get his leg untangled … and now he’s hauled down after a decent pickup of 10 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 28.

HOU – 09:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Oilers line comes set … they’ve got 106 yards passing so far … but they’re running here … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … quick-hitter … through the line … bounces it to the outside … and is finally collared from behind … that’s a gain of 8 yards … it’s 2nd and 2 from the Houston 36 yard line.

HOU – 08:50 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver has given up 106 yards in passing so far … Dan Pastorini tosses it to the left … caught by Fred Willis … and he’s smothered at the Houston 40 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 4 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Houston 40.

HOU – 08:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Dan Pastorini … stands in the pocket … … throws to Charlie Joiner … and it’s incomplete … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Houston 40 yard line.

HOU – 08:05 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini is in Pistol Formation … short pass over the middle to Jim Beirne at the Houston 48 … struggling for additional yardage … and rammed to the turf at the Houston 48 yard line … a pickup of 8 yards … Houston is looking at 3rd and 2 from their own 48.

HOU – 07:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Oilers are 2 for 10 on third down … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … hands it to Robert Holmes … he runs left … darts inside … hit hard and brought down … … but he picked up enough yardage to move the chains … a gain of 5 yards on the play … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 47.

HOU – 07:05 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Dan Pastorini swings it to the left side … hauled in by Ken Burroughs … and he’s hit out of bounds at the Denver 40 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 7 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 3 from the Denver 40.

HOU – 06:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – We’ve got 07:05 left in the 4th Quarter … Dan Pastorini rolling to his right … now he throws all the way across field to Charlie Joiner at the Denver 37 … he’s got room … and he’s tripped up at the Denver 31 yard line … a pickup of 9 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 31.

HOU – 06:05 – ( 16 – 17 ) – The Oilers … slow in getting set … now they’re ready … Dan Pastorini hands it off to Willie Rodgers … bulldozes his way forward … and he’s hit and stopped dead in his tracks … no gain on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Denver 31.

HOU – 05:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini … rolls out … sends out an aerial … Fred Willis tips it and now pulls it in … tries to avoid a tackle but is clipped and downed at the Denver 18 yard line … a pickup of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 18.

HOU – 05:05 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Dan Pastorini … trying to escape the pocket … and Fred Forsberg just reached around the guard … and dragged him down … and that’s a loss of 2 yards … that is Denver’s 4th sack of the game … that loss sets up a 2nd and 12 from the Denver 20.

HOU – 04:35 – ( 16 – 17 ) – Denver has five up on the line … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … he’s hit immediately … wrapped up and brought down … that’s a loss of -1 yard … it’s now 3rd and 13 from the Denver 21.

HOU – 04:20 – ( 16 – 17 ) – It’s 3rd and 13 and Houston is 3 for 11 on third down … Dan Pastorini … double-pumps … and throws to Charlie Joiner along the left sideline … and it’s incomplete … he couldn’t get both feet down before being knocked out of bounds … … the Oilers now face a 4th and 13 from the Denver 21.

HOU – 04:05 – ( 19 – 17 ) – From the 21 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 28 yard line and the Oilers are looking at a 28 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Skip Butler’s field goal from 28 yards … … HE MADE THAT LOOK EASY !! … RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE … and the Oilers have taken the lead … it’s Houston 19 and Denver 17.

HOU – 04:05 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Skip Butler with the kick off … … the Broncos will field it … about 3 yards into their endzone …

DEN – 03:50 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Randy Montgomery returns the kick off 21 yards … to the Denver 18 yard line.

DEN – 03:20 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey … pressured from both sides … steps up in the pocket … and Pat Holmes drops him … and that’s a loss of 3 yards … that is Houston’s 5th sack of the game … that sack by Pat Holmes makes it … 2nd and 13 from the Denver 15 yard line.

DEN – 03:05 – ( 19 – 17 ) – It’s 2nd and 13 … Steve Ramsey takes the snap … fades back … throws it to the right sideline … … incomplete … Rod Sherman and two Oilers jostled for it … but all of them landed out of bounds … … Denver is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 15.

DEN – 02:35 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Steve Ramsey pulls away from center … OH … ELVIN BETHEA JUST BLEW THRU THE LINE … AND SMOKED HIM !! … and that’s a loss of 2 yards … that is Houston’s 6th sack of the game … the Broncos now face a 4th and 15 from the Denver 13.

DEN – 02:35 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Denver is set in punt formation … … Billy Van Heusen takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

HOU – 02:20 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Ken Houston fields it at the Houston 49 … and returns the punt 8 yards … to the Denver 43 yard line.

HOU – 01:50 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Houston breaks the huddle in the shotgun … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Rodgers … running off the right-tackle … his front line gives way … and he’s driven to the turf behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 13 from the Denver 46.

01:50 – TWO MINUTE WARNING

HOU – 01:35 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Houston with a man in motion … there’s 01:50 left in the 4th Quarter … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … runs it right … stiff-arm … cuts left … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 10 yards … it’s now 3rd and 3 from the Denver 36.

01:35 – TIME-OUT – The Denver Broncos call their 1st Time-Out.

HOU – 01:22 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Houston came into this game with a 0-0-0 record … and with 01:35 left here in the 4th Quarter … they have a good chance to improve on that … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … slow-developing play … but it speeds up in a hurry as he’s through the Denver line … into open space … and now he’s pushed out of bounds … give him 22 yards on the play … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 14.

01:22 – TIME-OUT – The Denver Broncos call their 2nd Time-Out.

HOU – 01:07 – ( 19 – 17 ) – The Oilers are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Holding). It’s now 1st and 25 from the Denver 29 yard line.

HOU – 00:52 – ( 19 – 17 ) – The Oilers are in the shotgun … they’ve run the ball 28 times and they’re running here … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … he has an opening … AND THAT CLOSED FAST … he’s tackled after gaining 4 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 21 from the Denver 25.

00:52 – TIME-OUT – The Denver Broncos call their 3rd and final Time-Out.

HOU – 00:07 – ( 19 – 17 ) – It’s 2nd and 21 … Dan Pastorini takes the snap … and gives it to Robert Holmes … feeling his way through the middle … finds a seam … breaks a tackle … and he’s wrapped up after a decent pickup of 10 yards … it’s now 3rd and 11 from the Denver 15.

HOU – 00:00 – ( 19 – 17 ) – Houston with a double tight end Formation … Dan Pastorini hands it to Fred Willis … and he’s quickly wrestled to the ground … the Broncos with relentless pressure … no gain … the Oilers now face a 4th and 11 from the Denver 15.

Game Over – Final Score: Houston Oilers 19 at Denver Broncos 17

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