After a scoreless first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals got on the scoreboard first.
On the second play of the second quarter, Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley threw a pass toward rookie Michael Floyd in the end zone.
The wide receiver tipped the ball with one hand, took a hit from Broncos safety Jim Leonhard and then regained control of the ball for an acrobatic, 22-yard touchdown.
It capped off a 10-play, 76-yard drive that spanned the first and second quarters. Arizona leads 7-0.
The drive was prolonged due to a roughing the passer penalty on Robert Ayers — cornerback Drayton Florence came away with an interception on an underthrown pass from Lindley, but the refs deemed Ayers’ hit just a little late, so the Cardinals retained possession.
A quick look at the stats from the first quarter show that the Cardinals picked up six first downs to the Broncos’ one, outgained Denver 86 yards to 26, and held Caleb Hanie to zero passing yards in the period.
At the end of the first quarter, Arizona held a time-of-possession advantage of more than six minutes. Cardinals kicker Jay Feely hit the uprights with a missed field goal in the frame.
The second quarter is now underway.