Game blog: Denver Broncos score record 52-20 to beat Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field
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DENVER - The Denver Broncos won 52-20 against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's how it happened:
-- First quarter
The Broncos won the toss and deferred.
The decision paid off as the Eagles went three and out on their first possession.
The Broncos then marched down the field. Two big-gain passes helped the team move the ball. In the red zone, Peyton Manning threw to Wes Welker and Welker ran into the end zone for the touchdown.
The nine play drive covered 74 yards, according to 7SPORTS anchor Lionel Bienvenu.
Broncos up 7 to 0.
Wes Welker has caught a touchdown pass in each of the Broncos first four games this season and Manning is up to 13 touchdowns passes for the season, according to the Denver Broncos.
On their second possession, the Eagles were heading down the field when they suddenly had some confusion on third down and had to take a time out. They came back, Vick threw a pass that was dropped and it was fourth down.
The kick was good, but the Broncos were still up 7-3.
The Eagles kick to the Broncos. Trindon Holliday dropped back, caught the ball, then ran 105 yards to score!
The Broncos were suddenly up 14-3.
Holliday's 105-yard return tied a Broncos record for kick returns.
-- Second quarter
The Broncos started the second quarter with the Eagles in the red zone. The quarter started with the Eagles on third down. A pass was caught, but they didn't get enough yards and had to kick a field goal again.
The kick was good. However, the Broncos were still up 14-6.
Arran Andersen said the Eagles ran nearly three times as many plays as the Broncos in the first quarter.
However, the Broncos did not start the second quarter very strong. On the team's first possession, they went three and out.
The Eagles got the ball back. After a seven play drive, a 4-yard run landed them on the goal line. Officials called touchdown, the review confirmed it.
Score: Broncos 14, Eagles 13.
Note, with 11:06 left in the first half, the Broncos offense hadn't scored since its first possession, Bienvenu reported.
However, that changed minutes later. The Broncos used 11 plays to go 80 yards ending with Knowshon Moreno running into the end zone, putting the Broncos up 21-13 with 5:05 left in the second quarter.
The Eagles took over. They were almost in field goal range when they ran out of downs. The announcers debated -- would the Eagles go for it on 4th down or kick a long field goal?
While the announcers were debating, the play clock ran out. The Eagles had decided to take the delay of game penalty, get backed up five yards and punt. The ball goes in the end zone. The Broncos should get the ball on the 20, but a penalty on the kick put the Broncos on the 10 yard line with 2:07 left in the half.
The Broncos were ready with their two minute drill. Manning stepped up and threw a long pass, 52 yards to Eric Decker. The Broncos were on the Eagles 40, but then a 15-yard penalty and a sack pushed the Broncos back to the 47. A missed catch and the Broncos were punting with :18 left.
The Eagles took a knee and the half ended with the Broncos ahead 21-13.
-- Third quarter
The Broncos won the toss before the game and deferred, so they started the third quarter with the ball.
The Broncos worked their way down the field. A penalty against the Eagles assisted the team with a crucial first down. Manning tossed a pass to Decker in the endzone, but Decker bobbled the ball and went out of bounds.
The Eagles were called for pass interference, putting the ball on the one yard line. A throw to Thomas was caught and the Broncos were up 28-13.
After that drive, the Denver Broncos said Manning was 18 of 23 for 213 yards. His QB rating at this point was 134.2.
Despite a run by quarterback Michael Vick, the Eagles didn't get far on their first possession and kicked it back to the Broncos.
The Broncos once again marched down the field. No huge plays, just consistent plays, culminating with a pass to Demaryius Thomas and he ran it in for the touchdown.
Broncos up 35-13. Manning's touchdown pass set a new record in the NFL for touchdown passes in four games at 15.
The Eagles got the ball back, but they went three and out on their next possession.
When the Broncos got the ball, they once again made it look easy. The team worked its way down the field for a third time this half and scored yet another touchdown. Score: Broncos 42, Eagles 13.
The Eagles got the ball back with 15:22 left in the game.
The Broncos defense was still playing strong, getting a sack on Michael Vick to end the third quarter.
-- Fourth quarter:
The fourth quarter started much like the entire third quarter with the Eagles struggling. The team attempted to punt the ball, but the Broncos blocked it, recovered the ball and ran it in for another touchdown -- 49-13.
The Eagles finally got something happening on their next drive. They managed to get into field goal range, kicked, but missed.
The Broncos took over with 10:42 left in the game and made a big change. The Broncos brought in Brock Osweiler at quarterback. His first play was a running play. He handed off the ball and Ronnie Hillman got a first down.
Osweiler got a chance to pass and hand off the ball. At one point, Osweiler managed to escape a near sack and threw the ball to Decker. The Eagles were called for pass interference and that put the Broncos on the Eagles 33.
Osweiler led the team into field goal range and Matt Prater kicked a 53-yard field goal to put the Broncos up 52-13.
The Broncos 52 points was a new franchise record for one game.
The Eagles then made a change at quarterback, bringing in Nick Foles. He led the Eagles to a touchdown.
Osweiler's second drive made it across mid-field, but with less than a minute to play, Osweiler took a knee and the game was over.
The Broncos won 52-20. The Broncos are now 4-0.
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