The Broncos chose heads on the coin toss and won, then chose to defer to the second half, meaning the game will start with Denver on defense.
The captains for Denver are quarterback Peyton Manning, guard Chris Kuper, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, cornerback Champ Bailey and game captain defensive end Derek Wolfe, who played college football nearby at the University of Cincinnati.
On defense, Dumervil and Wolfe are the starters at defensive end alongside Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan at defensive tackle. The linebackers are Woodyard, Keith Brooking in the middle and Von Miller on the strong side. In the secondary, Bailey and Chris Harris are the starters at cornerback, with Mike Adams and Rahim Moore starting at the safety positions.
For the Broncos, Manning, wide receivers Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley and Demaryius Thomas, running back Willis McGahee and tight end Joel Dreessen are the starters at the skill positions. The starters along the offensive line are Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin at the tackle positions, Zane Beadles and Chris Kuper at the guard spots, and Dan Koppen at center.