The Denver Broncos offense outside of that one drive continued to disappoint with another three and out to begin the second quarter. The defense continued to do its thing as Malik Reed got a tackle for a loss and then beat his man for pressure on Tua Tagovailoa on third down to force another three and out on the Miami offense.
From the pistol, Drew Lock on play action fired a pass to Tim Patrick for a 41-yard gain to get the Broncos into the red zone. Lock from play action again fired a pass to Noah Fant for nine yards down to the 10 yard line. The drive would stall from there after a yard loss on a carry by Melvin Gordon and Lock was drilled by Kyle Van Noy who was unblocked on third down to bring out Brandon McManus for the chip shot field goal.
Broncos 10, Dolphins 7.
"Drew Lock 0/6 with INT."— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) November 22, 2020
Me: Embrace the tank!
30 minutes later Broncos up 10-7.
The Dolphins offense finally got moving on their next drive quickly driving down the field to the Broncos 35-yard line. The Broncos almost stopped them there, but Tagovailoa fired a bullet to De’Vante Parker who was well covered by Bryce Callahan for a first down to the Broncos 24-yard line.
They would make it happen on the next set of downs. After an incomplete pass to the tight end, Josey Jewell would blitz up the middle untouched to force a throw away, then DeMarcus Walker and Bradley Chubb would converge on Tagovailoa for the sack to force a field goal attempt.
DeMarcus Walker gets a sack after Tua can't find a place to throw the ball. pic.twitter.com/2vm0lkOwpF— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 22, 2020
Broncos 10, Dolphins 10.
With two and a half minutes to go in the half, the Broncos started their next drive from their own 11 yard line after a penalty on special teams. Phillip Lindsay took the first carry five yards and the Broncos let the clock run down to the two minute warning.
Another nice Lindsay run going right. pic.twitter.com/BCiDFMwaJJ— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 22, 2020
Melvin Gordon on the other side of the two minute warning smashed through the line on his way to a 25-yard scamper out to the 42-yard line.
The Broncos run the ball on 2nd and 5 after the 2 minute warning. It works. pic.twitter.com/lilcES5sJo— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 22, 2020
Lock had back to back incompletions, but on third and 10 he found Jerry Jeudy over the middle for a 23-yard gain and a first down inside field goal range.
Drew Lock with a big boy throw to Jerry Jeudy. pic.twitter.com/6itkDRXxt0— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 22, 2020
KJ Hamler had a man beat deep, but Lock overthrew him on the sideline on the next play with 91 seconds left in the first half. A quick toss outside to Tim Patrick only gained a yard, so on third and nine an inside handoff to Gordon gained seven yards for a 47-yard field goal to end the half.
Broncos 13, Dolphins 10.