The Denver Broncos took advantage of two Drew Brees interceptions to grab a 10-3 halftime lead over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Denver safety Darian Stewart made the interceptions on back-to-back plays. The first interception ended a Saints scoring drive at the 7-yard line while the second set up a 50-yard field goal by Brandon McManus. The Broncos scored on their opening drive of the game, cashing in on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to Jordan Taylor. The play initially was ruled incomplete but the Broncos challenged the call and had it overturned.
The Broncos were driving late for another possible score when cornerback Sterling Moore jumped the route and interceptted Siemian with 29 seconds left in the half. The turnover set up Wil Lutz's 30-yard field goal as time expired.
The Saints defense sacked Siemian three times in the first half, one by Nick Fairley, one by Cameron Jordan and one by Dannell Ellerbe.
Saints left guard Senio Kelemete had to leave the game in the first half but returned.
The Broncos led in time of possession 19:16 to 10:44. The Broncos were 6 of 9 on third down; the Saints were 2 of 6.
Saints stat leaders
QB Drew Brees, 8 of 14 for 109 yards and two interceptions
RB Mark Ingram, seven carries for 24 yards
TE Coby Fleener, two catches for 26 yards
Broncos stat leaders
QB Trevor Siemian, 12 of 19 for 127 yards with one TD and one interception
RB Devontae Booker, 12 carries for 51 yards
WR Demaryius Thomas, five catches for 49 yards