Third-and-3 from the New Orleans 27: Linebacker Danny Trevathan set the tone early for the Broncos defense, diving in front of a pass from Drew Brees intended for tight end Jimmy Graham to knock the ball away.
Third-and-6 from the New Orleans 27: With the Broncos driving in Saints territory, quarterback Peyton Manning found tight end Jacob Tamme for a 6-yard completion to extend the drive. Knowing where the first-down mark was, Tamme, dove forward to pick up the extra yard to move the chains.
Fourth-and-2 from the Denver 47: After calling a timeout, the Saints elected to go for it on fourth down near midfield. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard leaped in the air to intercept Brees’ pass and give the ball back to the Broncos. Denver took the lead and never looked back on the ensuing possession.
Third-and-1 from the Denver 16: Coming out of the locker room after halftime, the Broncos were looking to extend their lead. A stop would have held the team to a three-and-out and given the Saints momentum, but instead running back Willis McGahee plowed forward for a 3-yard gain and kept the drive going. Eight plays later, Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 24-7 lead.