East Rutherford, NJ — For the first time since Peyton Manning retired after winning Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos may have a quarterback. It only took 11 attempts.
Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns on his maiden start for Denver and the Broncos took hold and beat the Giants 27-13 on Sunday, spoiling a New York return run back to Saxon Barkley after a lengthy ACL rehabilitation.
Received off-season from Carolina, Bridgewater completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards, sharing the ball with nine receivers. Hit quarterback Tim Patrick, 28, leads on a 2-yard TD pass in the closing seconds of the first half. Bridgewater ran out of pressure and found the tight end to Albert Okwegbunam on a 4-yard, fourth-down toss during a 16-play, 75-yard drive to go into the second half, leading 17-7 with 6:48. achieved. quarter.
“I was joking with people the other day,” Bridgewater said. “‘Man, I don’t think I get it anymore.’ My tricks don’t work anymore. They’re a bit old.'”
They certainly weren’t up against the giants.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio said, “I saw a guy completely in control and when he had to improvise, he did.” “Some of them were on big, big plays. This is what he has been doing throughout his career when he has been a player. He showed up today.”
Melvin Gordon III added at the end of a 70-yard TD run and Brandon McManus scored two field goals for the Broncos, who have had four straight losing seasons since the Super Bowl 50 title under Manning.
Daniel Jones threw a 37-yard touchdown to Sterling Shepard for New York and ran for a 4-yard touchdown on the final play. The third-year quarterback finished 22 of 37 for 253 yards. A thunderous loss in the red zone also took place in the third quarter with the Giants trailing 20-7.
Like the offense, Barkley was never leaving. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year ended with 10 carries for 26 yards. His longest run was 5 yards.
The Giants, coming out of a 6–10 season under then-first-year coach Judge, have not been in the playoffs since 2016, and only once since winning their fourth Super Bowl in February 2012.
The Giants’ biggest problem last season was scoring and again it was Sunday.
“I think it’s about executing, it’s about fixing some things and pretending,” Jones said. “It’s drama, we can make plays. We’ve got guys on the team who can make them. We’ve got everything we need, we just need to do it.”
Denver won the battle for possession of the ball from 35:08 to 24:52 as its offense converted 7 of 15 on third downs and 3 of 3 on fourth downs.
The Broncos came into the season opener as a perfect preseason and showed that it was not a fluke. Von Miller, playing for the first time since 2019, had an early sack and finished with two. Aided by his big run, Gordon finished with 101 yards on 11 carries.
Denver took a 10-7 lead on a 2-yard pass from Bridgewater to Patrick with 8 seconds left in the first half. It capped a seven-game, 57-yard drive, showing a 14-yard pass from Bridgewater to Cortland Sutton in fourth and -2 in the legendary 49.
New York took the lead in the series on catches and runs by Shepard after McManus’ field goal.
For the first time since the end of the 2019 season, fans were allowed to participate in games without any restrictions. The declared attendance was 74,119.
After Gordon extended the Broncos’ lead to 27-7, most Giants fans were out. By the end of the game, most of the remaining fans were wearing orange jerseys and shouting “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy”.
“These guys paid their hard earned money to win football,” Shepard said. “I mean, this is the franchise, winning. So it’s been disappointing the last few years. And I understand their frustration. I mean, we’re not happy with that either.”
The judge said he knew he could not challenge the touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Okuwegbunam. He said he was shouting at the officers to ask him what was shown in the replays and they wouldn’t talk to him, so he raised the flag.
This cost the Giants the first timeout of the second half.
Broncos: LB Bradley Chubb (ankle) with a sports injury. Second-year wide receiver Jerry Judy was kicked off the field in the third quarter with a high ankle sprain. He took six catches for a team-high 72 yards. Fangio said an MRI would be done.
Giants: Pro Bowl tight end Evan Engram missed the game with a calf injury.
Broncos: September 19 at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers defeated Washington 20-16.
Giants: Short Turnaround, Thursday night in Washington.
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