On the first possession of the game, the Denver offense got going with a 26-yard third-down connection from quarterback Peyton Manning to wideout Brandon Stokley, moving the Broncos quickly to midfield.
A few plays later, Manning completed a 6-yard pass to tight end Jacob Tamme on third down, but Tamme came up 1 yard short of the first down.
Facing a fourth-and-1 on the Raiders’ 30-yard line, the Broncos decided to go for it, and converted the first down on a quick pass to Tamme.
On the very next play, Manning hit Denver’s other tight end, Joel Dreessen, for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Dreessen laid out in the end zone to come up with the diving touchdown catch, giving the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.
The drive covered 80 yards on 11 plays, absorbing 4:28 on the game clock.
Manning was 6-of-8 on the possession for 74 yards.
Listen to the audio highlight of the touchdown from AM 850 KOA here.
You can watch the touchdown connection here, courtesy of NFL Network.