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DENVER — The Denver Broncos lost their first game of the season to the Atlanta Falcons, 23-16, at Mile High on Sunday. It was rookie QB Paxton Lynch’s first NFL start.

Things started badly for the Broncos from the start as the Falcons and the NFL’s number 1 rated offense got on the board with a 4th down touchdown to take the early lead.

It wasn’t just the Falcons high-powered offense that gave the Broncos problems though, Atlanta’s defense were able to contain the Broncos offense for the majority of the game.

Following Paxton Lynch’s first completion as a starter to Emmanuel Sanders for 14 yards, the Broncos were forced to punt on their first drive.

On the next drive, the Broncos were able to hold the Falcons to a 46-yard field goal. That helped extend the Falcons lead 10-0 to end the first quarter.

The Broncos got off to a promising start in the second quarter driving the ball down the field. In the end, they had to settle for a 45-yard field goal from Brandon McManus to get the Broncos on the board 10-3.

The rest of the second quarter was a defensive battle between the teams that resulted in a field goal for Atlanta to regain the 10-point lead. They had the lead 13-3 at halftime.

An interception by Paxton Lynch in the third quarter helped the Falcons get the ball back and extend their lead with a touchdown in the third quarter, 20-3.

A Von Miller sack tried to give the Broncos some hope about halfway through the third quarter.

As the Falcons were going for it on 3rd and long to end the third quarter, TJ Ward stripped the ball from Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and recovers the ball. The offense failed to drive it to red zone and had to settle for a field goal.

The Broncos were finally able to get a touchdown late in the fourth quarter as Lynch passed to Demaryius Thomas who was able to get it across the line making it 23-13.

A late 4th quarter field goal brought the Broncos within 7.

But it was too late, the Broncos would fall to 4-1 and lose at home to the Falcons 23-16.

Next up, the Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in San Deigo on Thursday night.