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Broncos start fast to earn 13-0 halftime lead over Jets

Posted Dec 10, 2017

The Broncos lead at halftime for the first time since an Oct. 1 win over the Oakland Raiders.

DENVER — For the first time in more than two months, the Broncos took a lead into the locker room at halftime.

A dominant defensive showing and timely offensive production guided the Broncos to a 13-0 lead at the break.

Brandon Marshall set up the lone touchdown of the half when he strip-sacked Josh McCown on third down and Adam Gotsis recovered for Denver. Two plays later, Trevor Siemian found Demaryius Thomas for a 20-yard touchdown that put the Broncos ahead 10-0, the team’s largest lead since Oct. 1.

Thomas’ spike punctuated the play and helped kick-start a first-half performance that led to the Broncos’ first lead at the break since their home win over Oakland.

Kicker Brandon McManus bookended the touchdown with field goals of 31 and 53 yards, respectively.

The Broncos' lone setback in the first half came early in the second quarter when a promising drive stalled at the New York 11-yard line, and McManus missed a 29-yard field goal attempt to the left.

Safety Darian Stewart would prevent the Jets from cutting into the Denver lead, though, as he intercepted a Josh McCown pass and returned it 24 yards to the Denver 39-yard line.