Starting in good field position thanks to the combination of a Peyton Manning interception and a Percy Harvin end around for a big gain; Seattle had their field position improved quickly thanks to a pass interference call against Wesley Woodyard.
As the penalty was in the end zone, the Seattle Seahawks got the ball at the one-yard line. The second time was a charm for Lynch, who pounded the ball into the end zone on second down.
The 15-0 deficit was the biggest Denver has had in the first half this season.
On their next drive, the Broncos finally started to move the ball; but Peyton Manning had a pass tipped by Cliff Avril that Malcolm Smith was able to run underneath. Smith returned the pick 69 yards for a touchdown.
The play was the longest interception returned for a touchdown since Tracy Porter’s 74-yard return on a pick of Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.
Trindon Holliday had a nice return on the ensuing kickoff. Originally ruled a fumble; the call was overturned.
The Broncos again effectively drove the ball down the field, but passed up a red zone field goal to go to it on fourth and two from Seattle’s 19-yard line. Manning’s pass to Demaryius Thomas was nearly picked off; but it wouldn’t have mattered as the ball turned over on downs.
The half ended with the Broncos in a position that nobody expected them to be in. As the offensive juggernaut was held scoreless; and Denver facing a 22-point deficit.