The Broncos’ second possession was hindered at first by a pair of offensive penalties – a false start and an illegal formation penalty.
Following the penalties, tight end Jacob Tamme provided a highlight-reel play with a one-handed catch over the middle of the field to pick up 10 yards. The catch was Tamme’s second grab of 10 yards on the possession.
After the Tamme one-hander, Peyton Manning scrambled and found wideout Demaryius Thomas for a first down and a 23-yard catch-and-run.
A play later, wide receiver Andre Caldwell got his first touch of the year. Caldwell took the pitch on an end around and picked up a first down with a 14-yard dash down the right sideline, moving the Broncos inside the red zone.
Next, Manning hit wideout Eric Decker for a 9-yard pickup, which was Manning’s 11th straight completion. Running back Willis McGahee carried the ball following the completion to Decker, and picked up a first down to set Denver up with first-and-goal from the Oakland 4-yard line.
The drive stalled from there, however. Manning hit McGahee in the flat on first down, but the back was stopped short of the goal line.
Two incompletions followed — the first intended for Decker and the second batted down at the line of scrimmage.
That brought kicker Matt Prater out, who converted on a 21-yard field goal try. The kick gives the Broncos a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.