Week 12 Late Season Run? Broncos jump out early, hold on for 31-24 win over Rams Backup RB Correll Buckhalter tallied 252 total yards and 2 TD in the Denver victory. Denver, CO - The Broncos used a 24-point second quarter to take command early and held off a late Rams charge for a key 31-24 win in week 12. Correll Buckhalter was the offensive star, rushing for 154 yards and a TD on 25 carries while catching 3 passes for 88 yards and another score. His first score was a 64-yard catch and run on a screen pass which put the Broncos up 7-0. The Rams drove right down the field, but were forced to settle for a FG following an impressive goalline stand. Buckhalter scored his second touchdown from one yard out, capping an 8-play drive to put his team up 14-3. Denver forced a three-and-out and kept the heat on the Rams. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Kyle Orton caught St. Louis in a blitz and hit Eric Decker over the middle for a 60-yard touchdown pass. A D.J. Williams interception (his first of two on the day) set up the next Denver score, which was a 3-yard TD pass from Orton to fullback Justin Green. Denver tacked on a 46-yard field goal from Matt Prater right before the half to take a commanding 31-3 lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Broncos went to the ground with Buckhalter gaining over 100 yards in the final 30 minutes alone. However, the lack of aggressiveness nearly cost the Broncos. Following a scoreless third quarter, Steven Jackson scored on a 28-yard pass from rookie QB Sam Bradford. The score came with 5:38 left and appeared to be meaningless at the time. The Rams got the ball back with just under 3 minutes left and Bradford hooked up with Donnie Avery on a 82-yard TD pass down the left sideline to close the gap to 2 touchdowns at 31-17. Realizing that the game was not yet over, Denver decided to take the reigns off the offense. Quincy Butler made Coach Bing regret that decision, intercepting a Kyle Orton pass over the middle. Five plays later, the lead was cut to 7 when TE Daniel Fells caught Bradford's third TD pass of the game in the back of the end zone. With 1 time out left, the Rams decided to kick the ball deep. Denver needed to pick up a first down to secure the win, and was able to do so when Buckhalter picked up 15 yards on 2nd and 7. Orton led his troops into the victory formation and Denver was able to celebrate the key win. Orton finished the day near perfect, completing 13-of-16 passes for 280 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and had just the one interception. The Broncos also got a HUGE day out of MLB D.J. Williams, who racked up 9 tackles (6 for loss), had two interceptions and added a sack for good measure. Bradford went over the 300-yard mark for St. Louis, connecting on 18-of-30 for 308 yards with 3 scores against two interceptions. The win was the second straight for Denver, improving their record to 5-6. They head into the season's stretch run tied with five other teams, just one game behind Cincinnati for the league's final playoff spot. A rematch with division leading Kansas City is on tap for week 13.