After an hour long weather delay, the Dallas Cowboys ended the first quarter with a Shaquil Barrett hustle job to chase down Dak Prescott before he was able to reach the first down maker - giving the Denver Broncos the ball to start the second quarter.
#Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was tackled awkwardly by #Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett on a third-down run. Dallas to punt now. pic.twitter.com/pBPBqyZjaG— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) September 17, 2017
On the Broncos next drive, Trevor Siemian had the ball stripped from his hand during a sack on third and five. The Cowboys chased the ball down to the three-yard line for a first and goal opportunity.
DeMarcus Lawrence beat Menelik Watson inside for the sack, but Siemian still needed to secure the football. Either way, the momentum shifted significantly the way on this series.
The Cowboys punched it in two plays later with a Prescott pass to Dez Bryant for a 3-yard touchdown pass.
Broncos 7, Menelik Watson 7.
Disaster nearly struck on the ensuing kickoff as Cody Latimer took the ball out from seven-yards deep and fumbled at the 20-yard line. Fortunately, the Broncos recovered the ball.
The Broncos put together a sustained drive on their next series, converting a few third downs. The biggest went to Demaryius Thomas on a slant over the middle and muscled his way down inside the Cowboys red zone.
One of the best non-catches of his career, Bennie Fowler III was knocked out with a concussion on a great pass from Siemain. Two plays later, Siemian was sacked for a big loss to make it a difficult field goal attempt from McManus.
From 50-yards, McManus was true. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Cowboys gave the Broncos an automatic first down.
It didn’t take long for the Broncos to get into another third down situation, but Siemian his Anderson across the middle and the human bowling pin bounced his way into the end zone.
Broncos 14, Cowboys 7.
After the Broncos defense shut down the Cowboys offense again, Isaiah McKenzie run wild on the punt return to setup excellent field position for the Broncos near midfield.
From their, Jamaal Charles took over gaining almost 20 yards on consecutive plays - one run and one pass.
By the time the two-minute warning hit, the Broncos were again knocking on the door inside the Cowboys red zone. Siemian would ultimately hit Sanders for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Momentum right back with Denver on that drive.
Broncos 21, Cowboys 7.
The Cowboys finally found some offense to close the half, driving down inside field goal range to close the gap a little before half time.
Broncos 21, Cowboys 10.
The Broncos outgained the Cowboys by over 150 yards in the first half as the Broncos defense has been completely dominant in this game so far.