The Denver Broncos won the opening coin toss and elected to defer possession to the second half giving the Jacksonville Jaguars the ball to start the game.
Beginning their opening drive from their own 17 yard line, the Jaguars opened up with a four-yard run then Trevor Lawrence found Marvin Jones for another four yards to bring up a third and short. From the shotgun, Lawrence found his right end for a big 24-yard gain out to their own 49-yard line.
After an incompletion, the Jaguars gained four up the middle to setup another third down. Needing six yards, Lawrence threw it up to no one. Kyle Fuller was called for an illegal contact penalty to keep the Jaguars drive alive.
Jones continued to get open against rookie Patrick Surtain as he snagged his second reception on the drive for seven yards to the Broncos 35-yard line. Lawrence overthrew his target on a deep pass into the end zone on second down, then on third and three Lawrence found a wide open Jones again for a first down and a thirteen yard gain.
The Broncos finally got the Jaguars into a third and long situation from there after a false start penalty. On third and 13, Lawrence had all day to throw and found a wide open Jones for a 25-yard touchdown pass as the Broncos defense continued to get smoked.
Facing 3rd and long, Trevor Lawrence throws a touchdown on the Broncos' Kyle Fuller pic.twitter.com/rtjsuz3gxd— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 19, 2021
Jaguars 7, Broncos 0.
Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos offense got their first shot in the game. Melvin Gordon was stuffed on first down for no gain, but Bridgewater then found Albert Okwuegbunam in the flat for a six yard gain to setup a third and four. A defensive holding penalty on Tim Patrick converted the first first down for Denver.
After a quick five on first down from Gordon up the middle, then Bridgewater found Tim Patrick for 13 yards and then Courtland Sutton for 14 yards to get into Jaguars territory. Javonte Williams broke tackles on his way nine yard gain and then picked up the first down on the next play with a three yard gain to the Jaguars 20.
Bridgewater climbed the pocket on the next play and got the ball out to Albert O just as he was about to be sacked. Albert O turned it up field for an eight yard gain to the 12 yard line. Gordon took it inside for a two yard gain and a first and goal opportunity.
Teddy Bridgewater steps up into the pocket to get clear of the edge that beat Bobby Massie pic.twitter.com/n4c4tPGVU2— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 19, 2021
Unfortunately, Garett Bolles was beat badly on the next play and Josh Allen chased Bridgewater down for a sixteen yard loss to setup a 2nd and goal from the 26.
They got a little bit of those yards back on a six yard reception to Courtland Sutton and another short pass to Noah Fant ended the drive for Denver in a field goal attempt.
Jaguars 7, Broncos 3.
Both teams had very long offensive drives and the quarter would end early into the Jaguars next possession.