Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA;Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - In a defensive first half, the Denver Broncos gave up a big penalty on Washington's final drive. The teams were tied 7-7 at halftime Sunday.
To open the scoring, the Broncos moved a brisk 77 yards on their opening drive with Peyton Manning going 5-for-5 for 57 yards. It ended with Wes Welker's ninth TD catch of the season, which is a career season-best for Welker - and leads the NFL. The drive took just 3 minutes, 40 seconds.
Manning has 26 TD passes and just three interceptions this season.
But that was it for the Broncos' offense, which finished with 179 yards and 11 first downs in the first half. Manning was 12-of-15 for 131 yards.
Denver's second drive started at the 1 and went just 22 yards before they had to punt. Britton Colquitt had three punts in the first half.
The Broncos defense was more stout with the return of linebacker and co-captain Wesley Woodyard. He missed the past two games because of a shoulder injury sustained in the first half against Dallas.
Washington had 156 yards, and quarterback Robert Griffin III was 10-of-17 for 80 yards and ran five times for seven yards. Alfred Morris had 66 yards on nine carries.
The Redskins' final drive of the half started at their 5-yard line and was continued by a Denver penalty for 12 men on the field - as the Redskins lined up for a field goal. Washington got the first down then scored on the next play when Griffin found Leonard Hankerson on a 7-yard pass play.
In 14 seasons as the Broncos' head coach, Mike Shanahan was 44-20 in the regular season at then-Invesco Field (39-9 at the old Mile High Stadium). He was 5-2 at home in the playoffs. He received a standing ovation during a short pregame tribute to the coach.
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