Denver opened the game on defense after winning the toss and deferring their choice to the second half. Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas, Robert Ayers and Elvis Dumervil were the starting defensive linemen. D.J. Williams, Joe Mays and Von Miller opened at linebacker. Champ Bailey, Andre’ Goodman, Quentin Carter and Brian Dawkins started in the secondary.
Offensively, the team started on its own 28-yard line with Eric Decker and Eddie Royal as receivers, Tim Tebow at quarterback, Willis McGahee at running back and Daniel Fells at tight end. The offensive linemen were Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Orlando Franklin and Chris Clark.