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Broncos 7, Packers 7 After 1Q

January 26, 1998

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The Green Bay Packers looked like NFL champions on their first series of the Super Bowl on Sunday. So did the Denver Broncos.

The game was tied 7-7 after one quarter, but Denver was at the Green Bay 1 when the period ended.

The Packers wasted no time moving in front after Denver missed a sack on the second play, with Brett Favre throwing away the ball. He then hit Antonio Freeman for 13 yards, Dorsey Levens ran for 13 and 11 and Freeman took a slant-in pass for another 13 yards to the Denver 22.

Beating a blitz, Favre hung up a pass that Freeman grabbed deep in the end zone 4:02 into the game.

Unintimidated, the Broncos marched right down the field when they got the ball, covering 58 yards in 10 plays after a 32-yard kickoff return by Vaughn Hebron.

Helped by Doug Evans’ defensive holding penalty on third-and-10 that gave Denver a first down, the AFC champions got a 27-yard run by Terrell Davis behind a monstrous block by Howard Griffith. That took the ball to the 14 and John Elway ran 10 yards to the 2 before Davis surged in from the 1 to tie it.

It was the first time both teams scored touchdowns on their first possession in Super Bowl history.

Two plays later, the Broncos had the ball when Favre, under pressure, threw behind Robert Brooks. Tyrone Braxton sprawled to pick off the ball.

Davis ran 16 yards, using a gorgeous spin move to avoid Eugene Robinson, in a relentless drive leading to the Broncos’ second serious threat.

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