COIN TOSS: Denver wins the toss and elects to receive.
Q1 15:00: Quan Cosby returns the opening kickoff to the 15-yard line.
Q1 13:56: Kyle Orton fires incomplete for Daniel Fells on first down. Willis McGahee runs for five yards on second down and Orton’s third down pass intended for Eric Decker is incomplete. Britton Colquitt punts to Randall Cobb who picks up a few yards on the return but a flag is thrown for illegal block in the back. Green Bay starts at their own 31.
Q1 13:00: Aaron Rodgers throws incomplete on first down after taking a shot from Elvis Dumervil. James Starks gains five on second down. On third down, Rodgers completes to Greg Jennings, who beat Jonathan Wilhite deep over the middle for a pickup of 43 yards. Rodgers then hits Jordy Nelson for a quick 9 yards on first down. On second down, Rodgers is flushed out of the pocket and throws incomplete intended for Jermichael Finley. Rodgers’ third down pass is too far for Donald Driver bringing up 4th-and-1 from the 12-yard line. Starks is stopped short on fourth down by Brian Dawkins and Denver takes over on downs.
Q1 11:49: McGahee picks up 5 yards on a first down run. On second down, Orton completes to Brandon Lloyd for 9 yards and a fresh set of downs. Tim Tebow enters the game at QB and he takes it himself up the middle for a loss of one on first down. On second down, Orton hands to McGahee for a gain of 4. Daniel Fells is down injured on the play.
INJURY UPDATE Tight End Daniel Fells is questionable to return with a knee injury.
Q1 9:45: Orton completes to Lloyd on third down for another gain of nine and a new set of downs. Orton completes to Lloyd again, this time for a gain of 17 down to the Green Bay 44-yard line. On first down, Orton’s pass off play-action to Eric Decker is incomplete.
Q1 7:00: McGahee then rumbles downfield for 28 yards on second down as Denver enters the red zone. Orton fires quick to Lloyd on first down and he is stopped for no gain. On second down Orton hits fullback Spencer Larsen for a 6-yard gain after a play-action fake. On third-and-six, Orton hits Decker on a quick pass but the wideout is stopped for a minimal gain and Matt Prater comes on to attempt a 27-yard field goal. And the kick is good.
BRONCOS 3, PACKERS 0
Q1 5:22: Prater’s kick is returned by Cobb just about 10 yards deep in the end zone, and Cobb takes it out to the 21-yard line.
Q1 5:17: Rodgers is flushed out on first down and he slides to the ground after picking up a yard. On second down Rodgers throws complete to Donald Driver for 5 yards. Rodgers’ third-down pass is complete to John Kuhn who gets just enough for a first down and an illegal contact penalty on Wesley Woodyard is declined.
*INJURY UPDATE: Fells is now listed as probable to return with a knee injury.
Q1 2:08: Starks runs for 2 yards on first down and picks up 16 on a second down carry. Rodgers then completes deep to Jordy Nelson off play-action for a 50-yard touchdown as Green Bay takes the lead. The extra point is good.
PACKERS 7, BRONCOS 3
Q1 2:07: Cosby takes a knee on the kickoff and Denver starts at the 20.
Q1 0:50: McGahee runs up the middle for a 5-yard gain on first down. On second down McGahee takes the carry again and is stopped after a 1-yard pickup. On third-and-4, Orton’s pass is intercepted by Charles Woodson and he returns it 30 yards for the touchdown. The extra point is good.
PACKERS 14, BRONCOS 3
Q1 0:49: The Packers recover an onside kick and Green Bay takes over at their own 47-yard line.
Q1 0:43: Rodgers’ first-down pass is incompelte intended for Finley. On second down, Rodgers completes to Nelson for 7 yards and the first quarter comes to an end.
Q2 15:00: On third-and-3 from the Denver 46-yard line, Rodgers completes to Finley for 9 yards and a first down. Starks then runs up the middle for 5 yards. Rodgers hits Starks on a screen for 7 yards another another first. On first down, Rodgers completes to Cobb on the run for 14 yards setting up first-and-10 from the 11-yard line. Rodgers then scrambles up the middle for an 11-yard score. Donald Driver is down injured on the play. Driver is helped off the field by teammates.
PACKERS 21, BRONCOS 3
Q2 12:18: Cassius Vaughn returns the kick to the 31-yard line and the Denver offense takes over. McGahee starts the drive with a 2-yard run. On second down Orton completes to Lloyd and he steps out of bounds after an 18-yard gain. On first down, Knowshon Moreno takes the handoff but flips the ball back to Orton who compeletes deep to a wide-open Lloyd for a 44-yard gain. On first-and-goal from the 5, Orton hits Decker for the touchdown. The extra point is good.
PACKERS 21, BRONCOS 10
Q2 10:21: Cobb takes the ball out to the 25-yard line on the kick return.
Q2 9:49: On first down, Starks runs right for a 2-yard gain. On second down, Rodgers is sacked by Von Miller for a 9-yard loss. On third-and-long, Rodgers scrambles and slides to the ground after a short pickup, bringing on the punt team. Cosby lets the punt drop and it is downed by the Packers at the Denver 29-yard line.
Q2 8:19: On first down, Orton hits Lloyd deep, but a flag thrown for illegal hands to the face on Zane Beadles brings it back. On first-and-20, McGahee gets loose on the right side and picksup 14 yards. On second-and-6, Moreno runs up the gut and is stopped for no gain. Orton completes to Matt Willis to move the chains with a 15-yard catch and run. McGahee runs up the middle for 2 yards on first down. Orton then hits McGahee for a 5-yard pickup. On third-and-three, Orton scrambles up the gut and picks up a first down with an 8 yard rush.
Q2 4:03: Moreno runs up the middle for 4 yards on first down. On second down, Orton completes to Decker, who adjusts for the ball in the corner of the end zone and brings it down for a 33-yard score. The extra point is good.
PACKERS 21, BRONCOS 17
Q2 3:21: Prater’s kick goes through the end zone and Green Bay starts at the 20.
Q2 3:20: Rodgers completes short to Jennings on first down for a 7 yard gain. Starks runs up the gut for 2 yards, bringing up third-and-one. Rodgers then sneaks for the first down as we reach the 2-minute warning.
Q2 2:00: On first down, Rodgers slides to the ground after a 4-yard gain. On second down, Rodgers beats the blitz with a quick strike to Jennings for 18 yards. Wesley Woodyard then shuts down a quick screen to Starks, who gets 1 yard on first down. Rodgers completes over the middle to James Jones for 14 yards on second down. Rodgers passes deep for Nelson on first-and-10 and it is broken up by Rahim Moore. Rodgers checks it down to Starks on second down and he gets free for a 16-yard gain. Ball on the Denver 17 as Green Bay calls its 2nd timeout.
Q2 0:24: Rodgers completes over the middle to Jennings for a 17-yard touchdown. The PAT is good.
PACKERS 28, BRONCOS 17
Q2 0:20: After a touchback on the kickoff, Denver starts at the 20. Orton takes a knee as we reach halftime.
See you in the second half blog.