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Packers, Broncos tied 10-10 at halftime

Both teams stopped on fourth-and-short in second quarter


DENVER – A late field-goal drive by the Broncos tied the score 10-10 at halftime on Saturday night in Denver.

Here's a recap of the first half.

First quarter:

An interception set up an early touchdown for the Packers, and they took a 10-7 lead over the Broncos.

The two teams traded punts on their opening possessions. On Green Bay's second drive, Jason Spriggs stepped in for Kyle Murphy at RT following a 27-yard punt return by WR Trevor Davis.

The Packers got moving on a 25-yard run by RB Ty Montgomery, and a defensive holding penalty on third-and-3 gave the Packers another first down, at the Denver 26. A Von Miller sack on the next third down pushed the Packers back, though, and K Mason Crosby was good from 52 yards out for a 3-0 lead.

Green Bay got the ball right back, as S Kentrell Brice intercepted QB Trevor Siemian on third down and returned it 42 yards to the Denver 2-yard line. As Brett Hundley replaced starting QB Aaron Rodgers, he handed off to Montgomery, who plunged in for the score. Crosby's PAT made it 10-0 with 6:14 left in the quarter.

On the Broncos' next drive, Packers LB Nick Perry went down with an ankle injury, leaving under his own power. After two runs for 11 yards by RB C.J. Anderson, Siemian scrambled for 16 yards and then found WR Emmanuel Sanders for 10 for a first down at the Green Bay 36. A 20-yard pass to WR Jordan Taylor on third-and-10 moved Denver into the red zone, and Anderson ran it in from 16 yards out for the score.

Second quarter:

With Hundley working at QB with the starting offense, the Packers punted early in the period.

The Broncos got moving again on a 22-yard pass to TE Virgil Green, as Brice was slow to get up after the tackle. DT Mike Daniels got the sack on the ensuing third down, though, with pressure help from LB Kyler Fackrell, and the Broncos punted it back.

The Packers did nothing with it, though, and looked sloppy in the process. WR Davante Adams dropped a pass on second down, and penalties for a false start and holding pushed Green Bay back before the punt.

With help from a holding penalty on Packers S Marwin Evans on the punt, the Broncos took over in Green Bay territory at the 43. After another holding penalty, this one on rookie CB Kevin King, RB Jamaal Charles ran twice for 17 yards. On third-and-1 from the 12, the Packers stopped Anderson just inches short of the first down, and a host of defenders stuffed Anderson again on fourth down.

With the full second unit in on offense, Hundley moved the chains twice with passes to rookie RB Jamaal Williams, good for 20 and 17 yards, overcoming a sack in between. A third-down pass to TE Lance Kendricks came up just short, setting up fourth-and-1 at the Denver 40 at the two-minute warning.

Hundley was stopped on the QB sneak, though, and the Packers turned it over on downs.

Siemian completed four straight passes covering 39 yards, and the Broncos called timeout on first down from the Green Bay 19 with 52 seconds left. King broke up a pass in the end zone for Sanders, and Anderson was stopped one yard short on a third-down pass, setting up fourth-and-1 with 4 seconds left. K Brandon McManus was good from 28 yards out on the final snap.

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