The Broncos responded to the Texans’ touchdown with a 9-play, 75-yard drive featuring consecutive completions to the Broncos’ tight ends. First, quarterback Peyton Manning found Joel Dreessen for a gain of 30. Manning followed that completion with a 6-yarder to tight end Jacob Tamme.
The Broncos moved inside the Texans’ red zone on a 23-yard completion to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, with Denver picking up extra yards thanks to a roughing-the-passer penalty. But the Broncos were unable to find the end zone, setting up a 23-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater.