COIN TOSS: Mario Haggan, Jabar Gaffney, Kyle Orton, D.J. Williams and Wesley Woodyard represent the Broncos at midfield. The Steelers called the toss and lost. The Broncos have elected to receive.
Q1 15:00: Perrish Cox is back deep to receive Daniel Sepulveda’s opening kick-off. The kick sails out of bounds, giving the Broncos possession at the 40-yard line. The offensive starters are Kyle Orton at quarterback, LenDale White and Spencer Larsen in the backfield, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd at receiver and Riar Geer at tight end. The offensive line consisted of Zane Beadles at left tackle, Stanley Daniels at left guard, J.D. Walton at center, Russ Hochstein at right guard and Ryan Harris at right tackle. White’s first carry as a Bronco nets a yard on first down. Orton hits Royal for an 18-yard gain. The Broncos get 15 more yards on a late hit penalty on Kenan Lewis.
Q1 12:45: After a pair of short White runs, Orton hit Lloyd for a first down on 3rd-and-4. A late hit on Orton gained the Broncos six more yards to the Pittsburgh 5-yard line. On the ensuing first down, Lance Ball picked up three yards. White took the ball on second down, smacking into the line for no gain on a violent collision with James Farrior that left the Steelers linebacker down after the play.