At the end of the first quarter, the score is tied at 0 after both defenses dictated play in the early going. Pittsburgh has already notched a pair of sacks, and Broncos rookie Derek Wolfe has recorded one for the home team, the first of his career.
The Broncos started the game with possession, but the drive stalled near midfield. On Pittsburgh’s first possession, Denver forced a three-and out.
The Broncos’ second drive ended when running back Willis McGahee fumbled and Pittsburgh recovered at the Broncos 47-yard line. This time, Pittsburgh was able to pick up one first down, but Wolfe’s sack knocked the Steelers out of field goal range.
On the final series of the quarter, Denver started at its own 1-yard line and was only able to manage one first down before being forced to punt.