Representing the team at midfield for the coin toss were the captains: quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and the game captain, running back Knowshon Moreno.
Cleveland won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half, so the Broncos started the game on offense.
Browns kicker Phil Dawson put the opening kickoff through the end zone for a touchback and Denver started the first possession of the game from the 20-yard line.
On the offensive line, the Broncos came out with Dan Koppen at center, Manny Ramirez and Zane Beadles as the guards and Orlando Franklin and Ryan Clady as the tackles.
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley was in the slot and tight end Joel Dreessen was on the line of scrimmage. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas were out wide.
Manning was in shotgun with Moreno next to him at running back.
Following the touchdown, the Broncos came out on defense with four down lineman – defensive end Derek Wolfe, tackles Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan and Dumervil at the other end.
The starting linebackers were Von Miller, Keith Brooking and Woodyard.
In the secondary, Rahim Moore and Mike Adams were the safeties with Bailey and Chris Harris at the corners.