The Denver Broncos lost the opening coin toss as Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen called heads and it came up heads. They deferred to bring Drew Lock and the Broncos offense out onto the field first in their color rush uniforms.
The first play of the game was an inside handoff to Phillip Lindsay who gained two yards, then Lock his Noah Fant on a crossing route to pick up the first down and ten yards. Lindsay followed that up with a ten yard gain and another first down near midfield.
Lindsay would cross midfield on the next play with a three yard pick up on first down, then Lock had his pass deflected up in the air and nearly intercepted. On third down, Lock took off from the pocket who gained 13 yards and first down.
A short run from Melvin Gordon and another scrambled for a couple from Lock and the Broncos were again faced with a third down and seven to go from the Bills 33-yard line. Lock lofted one to Jerry Jeudy on an out route that was well covered and nearly intercepted. That dangerous pass could have been a pick six.
Lock's miss on 3rd down. pic.twitter.com/w19oFZclc2— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 19, 2020
First time NFL kick for Taylor Russolino went wide right from 51 yards out to keep the game scoreless. Brandon McManus was not allowed to play in this game after a close contact with COVID six days ago.
Josh Allen and the Bills marched quickly down the field from there, but just outside the 20 yard line Jeremiah Attachou came around the outside and forced a fumble that Allen was able to recover to bring up a third and nine. The Broncos would intercept the next pass, but a neutral zone infraction negated the play.
They would convert on the next play and ultimately score the game’s first touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead late in the first quarter to cap a 13-play, 59 yard drive.
Bills 7, Broncos 0.
The Broncos wouldn’t last long and would punt it away. Sam Martin’s punt was huge, though, and pinned the Bills deep to start their next drive. The first quarter came to end with the Bills still inside their own 20 yard line.