At midfield for the coin toss were the Broncos’ season captains: quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, guard Chris Kuper, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and cornerback Champ Bailey. Joining them was wide receiver Brandon Stokley, a game captain.
The Saints chose tails, won the toss and elected to receive.
Kicker Matt Prater booted the ball through the back of the end zone, and the Saints began the opening possession on the 20-yard line.
With the Broncos starting the game on defense, their starters on the defensive line are Derek Wolfe and Dumervil start at the ends while defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson are in the middle.
The linebackers are Von Miller, Keith Brooking and Woodyard.
In the defensive backfield, Rahim Moore and Mike Adams are at the safety positions with Chris Harris and Bailey on the corners.
The defense forced New Orleans to go three-and-out, thanks in part to a deflected third-down pass by rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan. Following a punt, the offensive starters are as follows:
On the offensive line, from left to right, tackle Ryan Clady, guard Zane Beadles, center Dan Koppen, Kuper and tackle Orlando Franklin.
Joel Dreessen starts as the tight end with receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker out wide and Brandon Stokley in the slot.
Manning is under center with Willis McGahee as the starting running back.