Broncos fall to Cardinals, 38-17, in preseason finale

Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch drops back to pass during the first half of the preseaon game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch drops back to pass during the first half of the preseaon game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Broncos lost their final preseason game of the season on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, 38-17.

Broncos first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch played the entire game. He started strong with a 57-yard touchdown to Jordan Taylor on the Broncos’ opening drive.

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Lynch and Taylor would connect in the end zone again in the late third quarter for a 3-yard touchdown pass.

Despite the Broncos trying to come back in the third quarter, the game continued to be dominated by the Cardinals with multiple touchdowns, a pick-six against Lynch, a successful two- point conversion, and a field goal.

Lynch completed 13 of 22 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. For the Cardinals, quarterback Matt Barkley was 20 of 29 for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

The Broncos finish the preseason 2-2.

Recap the game in the live blog.

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Broncos kick off to the endzone for touchback. Arizona using QB Matt Barkley to open the game. 

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It’s 3 and out for the Cardinals. Broncos will start at DEN 25 yard line with QB Paxton Lynch.

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Touchdown Broncos! Jordan Taylor for 57 yards. 7-0 Broncos

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Brandon McManus 33 yard field goal is good – 10-0 Broncos 

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Cardinals drive down the field for a touchdown on 4th and Goal from the DEN 1. 10-7 Broncos with 3:20 left in the 1st. 

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Brandon McManus 46 yard field goal is wide right – No good. Still 10-7 Broncos 

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Arizona with the ball to end the 1st quarter. 10-7 Broncos 

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45-yard field goal from the Cardinals makes it a tie game with 11 minutes left in the half. 10-10

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Broncos forced to punt. Riley Dixon punts 47 yards to the ARI 24 yard line with 9:50 left in the half.

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Cardinals are 1st and Goal with a 20 yard pass to the DEN 9

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The defense holds prevents a touchdown – but 24 yard field goal from the Cardinals is good. Now 13-10 Cardinals with 2:51 left in the half.

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Broncos forced to punt after 3rd and 12. Dixon punts 18 yards to DEN 45 – out of bounds

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#69 DL Henry Melton hurt on play. Able to limp off the field on his own. Cardinals at DEN 15.

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Cardinals QB pass short middle to Shipley for a 14 yard toucdown. 20-10 Cardinals.

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The Cardinals lead the Broncos 20-10 going into halftime. 

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Cardinals kick to the endzone to open the 2nd half – touchback. Lynch runs 8 yards, but a holding call has a 10 yard penalty for 1st and 20 at the DEN 25.

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Broncos forced to punt. 41 yard punt from Dixon to ARI 27 – out of bounds.

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Cardinals make 58-yard field goal. Now 23-10 with 9:38 left in the 3rd.

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Broncos punting again after failed 3rd and 12. Dixon punts 36-yards to ARI 24. 10 yard penalty on Arizona for illegal block above the waist. 7:53 left in the 3rd.

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5 minutes left in the 3rd. Cardinals punt 33 yards to DEN 12. Fair catch by Kalif Raymond.

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5 minutes left in the 3rd. Cardinals punt 33 yards to DEN 12. Fair catch by Kalif Raymond. Offensive holding call pushes Broncos back to the DEN 6.

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Broncos get back-to-back 1st downs with passes to Frazier. One for 14 yards and other for 18 yards to ARI 36.

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Lynch passes to Jordan Taylor for 32-yards to the ARI 4 with 1:58 left in the 3rd. 

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Touchdown Broncos! Lynch to Taylor again for 3-yards. 23-17 Cardinials with 51 seconds left in the 3rd.

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Cardinals have the ball at the ARI 49. It’s 23-17 Cardinals at the end of the 3rd. 

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On 2nd and Goal for Arizona at the DEN 8- they get offensive pass interference 10-yard penalty. That is followed by a defensive holding call on the Broncos.

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After review, Cardinals did not score a touchdown with 7:42 left in the 3rd.

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The Cardinals get a touchdown anyway – decide to go for 2 and make it. Now 31-17 Cardinals in the lead with 6:43 left in the game. 

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Lynch throws pick-6. Cardinals expand their lead 38-17 with 5:36 left in the game. 

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Lynch sacked at the DEN 46 for -3 yards. Dixon punts 45 yards to the ARI 9 – fair catch.

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And the preseason in over. Cardinals beat the Broncos in Arizona 38-17.

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