PREGAME INTRODUCTIONS: The starting defense is being introduced before the start of the game, and as usual it’s Brian Dawkins last out of the tunnel, making sure the entire stadium is fired up.
COIN TOSS: The Broncos have won the coin toss and will receive to start the game.
Q1 15:00: Eddie Royal is back deep to receive the opening kickoff. The kick sails out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Now the offensive starters are on the field, led by Kyle Orton at quarterback. Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper and Ryan Harris are on the offensive line. Knowshon Moreno and Spencer Larsen are in the backfield. Jabar Gaffney and Royal are at receiver, and Daniel Graham is at tight end. The first play of the game from the 20-yard line is a pass to Larsen out of the backfield, who trucks over a Rams defender for a first down — a gain of 11.
Q1 14:25: Orton finds Lloyd for a 14-yard gain and another first down. The following play is another completion from Orton, this one to Moreno for an 18-yard gain and yet another first down. With the ball at the St. Louis 37-yard line, Orton throws his first incompletion of the day.
Q1 13:17: On second-and-10, Moreno gets a carry down the sideline for 16 yards and another first down. The ball is now at the 21-yard line, and Lance Ball takes a carry through a big hole on the left side of the offensive line for a first down inside the 5. It’s first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. Orton is in the shotgun, and he hands off to Moreno, who pushes his way into the end zone for a touchdown. Matt Prater’s extra point is up and in, and the Broncos take an early lead on the Rams.
BRONCOS 7, RAMS 0