Recap: Broncos beat Buccaneers, 27-7, after long weather delay

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Broncos beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-7, on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The game was delayed at 4:54 p.m. MDT with 6:52 to play as severe weather moved over the stadium.

The teams returned to the field at 6:05 p.m. to warm up and the game restarted at 6:20 p.m., resulting in a delay of 86 minutes.

The last Broncos regular-season game to be delayed was the 2013 opener against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver. It started 33 minutes late because of lightning.

Relive the game as it unfolded as the Broncos improved to 4-0.


The Broncos established themselves quickly, with Aqib Talib intercepting Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on the third play of the game.

Talib made the interception at the Buccaneers 36-yard line and returned it 25 yards to the 11.

Then on the Broncos’ first offensive play, quarterback Trevor Siemian found Demaryius Thomas, who made the catch at the 5 and took it into the end zone to make it 7-0 with 13:26 left in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers responded on their next drive, going 75 yards in 13 plays, taking 6:46 off the clock.

Winston converted two third-and-7 plays, and on third-and-6 from the 7, the Broncos rushed five and had Winston within their grasp.

But the quarterback got out of it and scrambled into the end zone to tie the game, 7-7, with 6:40 to play in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Talib got his second interception, making the pick of Winston at the Buccaneers 42 and returning it 15 yards to the 27-yard line with 13:10 to play in the first half.

The Broncos quickly pounced, with Thomas going up high to make an impressive catch of 17 yards. Then a pass interference penalty put the Broncos at the 1, where C.J. Anderson waltzed into the end zone to make it 14-7 with 12:14 left in the first half.

The Broncos got their third turnover of the first half with 3:34 to play when running back Charles Sims was hit by Von Miller then tried to pitch it back to Winston.

But defensive tackle Billy Winn snagged the ball out of the air to give the Broncos the ball at the Buccaneers 34.

Siemian had to leave the game at the two-minute warning when he injured his left nonthrowing shoulder after getting body-slammed to the turf by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.

First-round draft pick Paxton Lynch came into the game and threw an incompletion in his first career pass.

The Broncos forced a three-and-out and Lynch drove the Broncos 47 yards to set up a  38-yard field goal for Brandon McManus to put the Broncos ahead, 17-7, at halftime. Lynch was 4 of 7 for 47 yards on the drive.

The Broncos finished the first half with only 123 yards, 95 through the air, while Tampa Bay had 152 yards and three turnovers.

Siemian returned to the sideline at the start of the third quarter and was wearing a ball. Siemian was not expected to play in the second half but could in case there was an emergency.

The Broncos took the opening drive of the second half and drove an impressive 69 yards in 16 plays, chewing up 7:57 off the clock. But the drive stalled in the red zone and McManus made a 24-yard field goal to make it 20-7 with 7:03 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Lynch led another impressive drive, moving the Broncos 80 yards in nine plays, getting his first career touchdown pass on a 5-yard play to Emmanuel Sanders to make it 27-7 with 8:55 to play in the game.

The game went into a weather delay with 6:52 to play as severe weather was imminent.

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