Denver extended its first-quarter lead to 10-0 with Manning’s first touchdown pass as a Bronco – a 10-yard completion to wideout Eric Decker.
The touchdown drive began on Denver’s 17-yard line, following a San Francisco punt on its first possession. Willis McGahee was hit in the backfield on the offense’s first play for a loss of five, but
Manning got the offense moving with completions of 9 and 8 yards to Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Stokley, respectively. Stokley’s catch was a one-handed grab in the middle of the field that he tipped to himself before gaining possession.
A 38-yard catch-and-run from running back Lance Ball got Denver to the 49ers’ 26-yard line. On the next play, Manning hit McGahee for 14 yards, who then ran for a small gain before Decker’s touchdown.
Manning finished the drive 6-of-6 for 83 yards. It took nine plays and 4:55.