The Lions faced a third-and-4 at the Denver 37-yard line, knocking on field goal range for Jason Hanson, who just made a 50-yarder.
But Robert Ayers made sure no points went on the board, bringing down Matthew Stafford for a 7-yard loss. It was Ayers’ second sack of the season.
It was the second sack of the game for the Broncos — earlier in the game, Ryan McBean forced Stafford out of bounds 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage for a sack.
The ensuing Detroit punt bounced into the end zone for a touchback, and the Broncos offense will take over at its own 20-yard line with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter.