The Denver Broncos ground control defense had been anything but that in this game, with Orleans Darkwa running all over the place in this game.
After a quick first down run from Darkwa, the New York Giants found themselves in a third and five situation. Eli Manning would have to throw it away after being flushed out of the pocket by Derek Wolfe to end the drive.
The Broncos offense rediscovered their identity somewhat to start their next drive fro their own 10-yard line. A quick slant from Trevor Siemian to Emmanuel Sanders for a first down and then an inside run from C.J. Anderson for eight yards.
Anderson was stuffed on the next run, setting up an poorly thrown ball from Siemian to Sanders. If Siemian had put some heat on the throw it would have been a completed pass.
Todd Davis was put in coverage on Evan Engram, which was a poor decision by Joe Woods. The result was a 21-yard gain and on the fringe of field goal range for the Giants. There the Broncos defense would stiffen, but a field goal from rookie placekicker Aldrick Rosas would extend their lead.
Giants 20, Broncos 3.
Siemian opened the next drive with a 25-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas to get the Broncos out to midfield right away. From there, an incompletion on first down put the Broncos in an unfavorable down and distance again. On third and seven, Siemian hit Sanders for the first down to move the chains.
Another first down pass attempt ended in a Siemian sack for an 11-yard loss. Sanders would get it all back and a little more on a catch run to setup a third and eight. Siemian would throw into tight coverage for an incompletion to A.J. Derby to end the drive.
From 53-yards out, Brandon McManus would have his kick blocked to keep the game out of reach for the Broncos.
The Broncos sprinkled some sugar on their defensive scheme by putting Shaquil Barrett on Evan Engram. Manning would hit Engram for a 20-yard gain. Easy. The Broncos defense stopped sprinkling sugar on things and forced a field goal attempt four plays later.
The Broncos special teams decided to answer the Giants blocked field goal with one of their own to give the ball right back to Denver.
After a short run and a Siemian pass to Sanders, the Broncos were back on the Giants side of the 50. Sanders would have a bad injury to his ankle, which sucked the life out of the offense.