LIVE UPDATES: Broncos-Colts playoff game; Broncos lose, 24-13

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DENVER — The last of the four divisional playoff games in the NFL this weekend takes place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High when the AFC West champion Broncos take on the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts.

This is the third playoff meeting between the teams but the first in Denver. Indianapolis won 41-10 in January 2004 and 49-24 in January 2005.

5:48 p.m.: The game is over. The Colts win, 24-13, to advance to the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

5:44 p.m.: Broncos get the ball back on a punt at the two-minute warning.

5:35 p.m.: Broncos come up short on fourth down. The Broncos challenge and the play is upheld. Colts take over.

5:26 p.m.: Colts use an 8:14 drive and get a 30-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri to take a 24-13 lead.

5:16 p.m.: Broncos go three-and-out again on three straight incompletions by Peyton Manning.

5:12 p.m.: Broncos defense rises up, forces a three-and-out. Broncos to get the ball back with good field position.

5:06 p.m.: Connor Barth with a 41-yard field goal cuts the deficit to 21-13 early in the fourth quarter.

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5:02 p.m.: C.J. Anderson breaks tackles and picks up a huge first down on fourth-and-short to keep the drive alive.

4:58 p.m.: More than 11 minutes into the third quarter, the Broncos finally get their first first down of the second half.

4:54 p.m.: Rahim Moore with the interception on a deep throw that is essentially a 37-yard punt. Broncos take over, trailing 21-10.

4:50 p.m.: Play is overturned. The runner was ruled down by contact. Colts ball.

4:47 p.m.: Colts fumble on the punt and the Broncos recover. The play is under review.

4:45 p.m.: Broncos go three-and-out again and the boos come cascading down at Sports Authority Field.

4:39 p.m.: Andrew Luck with another touchdown pass, 15-yarder to Hakeem Nicks to give the Colts a 21-10 lead with 8:21 left in the third quarter.

4:26 p.m.: Broncos begin the second half with another three-and-out after Manning decides to throw instead of easily run for the first down.

4:11 p.m.: Halftime. The Colts lead, 14-10. The Broncos will receive the second-half kickoff.

4:10 p.m.: Connor Barth with a 45-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10.

3:46 p.m.: Broncos defense holds and Adam Vinatieri’s field goal attempt is wide right.

3:40 p.m.: Broncos go three-and-out — and things are very quiet at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

3:35 p.m.: After the Manning turnover, the Colts drive and score a touchdown on an Andrew Luck 3-yard pass to Dwayne Allen to take a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

3:26 p.m.: Peyton Manning fumbles after being hit from behind and the Colts recover.

3:16 p.m.: Colts touchdown by Dan Herron on a 6-yard run. PAT ties the game, 7-7.

3:12 p.m.: That’s the end of the first quarter, with the Broncos leading, 7-0, but the Colts are driving.

3:06 p.m.: Colts defense hold the Broncos in check and forces a punt wtih a big hit by Omar Bolden.

3 p.m.: Broncos defense is bringing the heat. Force the Colts into another punt.

2:52 p.m.: Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas for the touchdown. Broncos lead 7-0 with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

2:48 p.m.: Broncos were about to go three-and-out, but a roughing-the-passer penalty keeps the drive alive.

2:40 p.m.: The game has started at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

2:38 p.m.: The Broncos have won the toss and defer.

Follow along here as we update things on and off the field — and react to the game in the comments below.

2:25 p.m.: The Packers advance to the NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks with a 26-21 win. With the first game over, the Broncos-Colts game will start on time at 2:40 p.m.

1:46 p.m.: Broncos inactives are CB Tony Carter, T Paul Cornick, TE Dominique Jones, WR Cody Latimer, OT Michael Schofield, RB Juwan Thompson and DT Mitch Unrein. Colts inactives are C Jonotthan Harrison, NT Zach Kerr, LB Henoc Muamba, T Xavier Nixon, CB Sheldon Price and RB Trent Richardson.

 

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