4:05 PM ET, December 17, 2006
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
The big story coming into this game was the battle of rookie QBs Jay Cutler (right) and Matt Leinart. Leinart had been playing better, but it was Cutler who got the job done on this day.
Coach Mike Shanahan has done a good job of trimming down the offense in the past two weeks and that has made Cutler's job a lot easier. He is quicker with his reads and making better decisions with the ball.
The other big factor in this game was the play of the Denver defense. The unit had become very vanilla in recent weeks, but defensive coordinator Larry Coyer did a good job of mixing his blitz packages and coverages in the back end to confuse Leinart and ground the Arizona offense.
Arizona's Anquan Boldin topped 1,000 yards receiving for the third time in his four-year NFL career. ... Denver was without CB Darrent Williams, out with a toe injury. ... Neither Boldin nor Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass in the first half. ... Rackers missed a 50-yarder and is 1-7 from 50 yards and beyond this season. He was 6-for-7 last year.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||3:00||Javon Walker 54 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 65 yds, 1:26
|FG||6:09||Jason Elam 30 Yd |
Drive: 6 plays, 14 yds, 2:57
|FG||2:01||Jason Elam 22 Yd |
Drive: 17 plays, 78 yds, 9:02
|FG||6:48||Neil Rackers 49 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yds, 4:47
|TD||7:07||Antonio Smith 4 Yd Fumble Return (Neil Rackers Kick)||13||10|
|FG||14:03||Jason Elam 30 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 66 yds, 6:56
|TD||6:06||Rod Smith 10 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 60 yds, 3:00
|FG||12:41||Neil Rackers 38 Yd |
Drive: 11 plays, 65 yds, 6:35
|TD||1:09||Mike Bell 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 29 yds, 3:28
|TD||7:14||Edgerrin James 4 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:05
|TD||12:16||Mike Bell 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 5:02