Second-and-10 at the Denver 27 (12:20, 1st quarter): Willis McGahee took his second carry of the game and made it count, sprinting 24 yards up the field. That put him over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, making him the second player in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards with three different franchises, joining Ricky Watters. It also jump-started the Broncos’ first offensive possession, an 11-play drive capped off by a 1-yard Tim Tebow touchdown run.
Fourth-and-8 at the Denver 10 (6:10, 2nd quarter): After a false start penalty, Dave Rayner lined up for a 28-yard field goal. He had already missed two attempts wide left earlier in the game – a 45-yarder and a 31-yarder. But the kicker knocked this one through the uprights – the first of four he would make in the game – to give Buffalo its first points of the contest.
Third-and-1 at the Denver 30 (4:56, 2nd quarter): Jeremiah Johnson is stopped for no gain by two Bills, forcing a punt. It marks Denver’s fourth consecutive three-and-out after their opening-drive touchdown. This one is costly, as Britton Colquitt’s 50-yard punt is fielded by Leodis McKelvin, who sprints up the sideline for an 80-yard return touchdown. It gave Buffalo its first lead, 10-7. McKelvin set a Bills single-game franchise record with 135 punt return yards on the day.
Third-and-11 at the Denver 18 (0:37, 3rd quarter): Down nine points, Tebow drops back and fires downfield toward Demaryius Thomas, but is intercepted. Buffalo takes over at the Denver 27-yard line. After allowing one first down, the defense holds Buffalo to a field goal to push the Bills’ lead to 26-14.
First-and-10 at the Denver 10 (8:14, 4th quarter): Looking for another fourth-quarter comeback, the Broncos’ drive starts at their own 10-yard line, trailing by 12. It abruptly ends on the first play, as Tebow is intercepted for the second time after firing downfield toward Eric Decker. The pick is returned 37 yards for a touchdown by safety Jairus Byrd, the first of back-to-back pick-sixes for the Bills to put the game out of reach. Tebow finished the contest with a career-high four interceptions.