Broncos/Lions first quarter report.

Broncos/Lions first quarter report:

Matthew Stafford was sacked multiple times in the first quarter against the Broncos.
Matthew Stafford was sacked multiple times in the first quarter against the Broncos.

The Lions started the game with the ball at their own 20-yard line after an opening kickoff touchback.

Matthew Stafford was sacked on second down by Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and the Lions went three-and-out.

Denver would return the favor by going three-and-out on their first possession.

The Lions started their next drive from their own 12-yard line, and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for a first down on a 2nd-and-3. Stafford was sacked yet again by Ware. After a false start penalty, and an incomplete pass, Stafford hit running back Theo Riddick for 17 yards, but the Lions needed eighteen. Punter Sam Martin came on to punt again.

James Ihedigbo was flagged for a hit out-of-bounds against Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos lined-up to kick a 60-yard field goal, and the Lions used a timeout  as the play clock nearly expired. Denver opted to punt.

After no punt return, the Lions started their third first quarter drive at their own 11-yard line. They appeared to go three-and-out again after two ineffective Joique Bell rushing attempts. But a 23-yard pass interference call on Denver’s Chris Harris against Golden Tate kept the Lions drive going.

On 3rd-and-5 from their own 40-yard line, Stafford was intercepted by Broncos nickel back Bradley Roby. He returned the pick 19 yards to the Lion 36-yard line.

The quarter ended in a scoreless tie with the Broncos driving deep in Lion territory.







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