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Final: Packers 27, Broncos 16. Denver’s three turnovers sealed their fate

The Denver Broncos moved the ball at will against the Green Bay Packers, but three costly turnovers kept the game out of reach as they fell to 0-3 after the 27-16 defeat.

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The Denver Broncos moved the ball at will against the Green Bay Packers, but three turnovers on offense spelled doom for a team with few inches to give up against a contender like Green Bay. They fell 27-16 on the road and now sit at 0-3 to start the season under new head coach Vic Fangio.

First Quarter

The Packers came out flying high with a five play drive that ended with a free play touchdown bomb from Aaron Rodgers to put them up early 7-0, but from there the Broncos would weather the storm for a bit until their offense got things going late in the first quarter.

With time running out, Denver found itself with a first and goal opportunity to end the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Broncos punched it into the end zone two plays into the second quarter capping a 15-play 77 yard drive to tie the game up.

Unfortunately, the Broncos defense took a major hit when Derek Wolfe suffered an ankle injury that required him to leave the field on the cart.

An impressive drive by the Broncos ended in a field goal after one of the worst ticky tack holding calls I’ve ever seen that negated an 18-yard touchdown run.

That shifted momentum back into the Packers favor who forced a strip sack on Flacco at the five yard line where they were able to convert into a touchdown before halftime to put the Packers up 17-10.

Third Quarter

The turnover fest continued for the Broncos in the third quarter with another coming on a Noah Fant strip that setup another Packers touchdown. The Broncos offense didn’t quit as they put together a really long drive that ended in a touchdown as well to cut the score to 24-16 after a miss extra point.

Then, a likely death blow came when a ball slipped out of Joe Flacco’s hand for another interception late in the third quarter after a 52-yard completion to Courtland Sutton.

The defense kept the Broncos in it heading into the fourth quarter, though. And with three turnovers up to that point in the game, that was all they could ask for.

Fourth Quarter

A three and out greeted the Broncos offense to start the fourth quarter that was followed up with a poor punt from Colby Wadman.

The Packers would eat up a good chunk of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 27-16 with a 41-yard field goal. Down 11 points with so little time left led to the 0-3 start for Denver.

They are close, but the inches are killing them through their first three games. The schedule gets a little easier over the next three weeks with home games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers sandwiched in between.