Watch: Rookie fullback Andy Janovich scores 28-yard touchdown against Panthers

DENVER — Rookie fullback Andy Janovich helped the Broncos start the second quarter with a bang Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers in the NFL opener at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Janovich scored a 28-yard touchdown that helped the Broncos tie the game after the Panthers scored a touchdown in the first quarter.

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The play was Janovich’s first NFL carry, and the Panthers defense wasn’t expecting it.

Janovich was the 176th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Broncos.

Janovich, a Nebraska native, played college football at the University of Nebraska, where he spent time on special teams and alternating at fullback.