As the first quarter neared its end, the Denver Broncos had the ball at their own 47-yard line. Tim Tebow had handed the ball off to Willis McGahee, who couldn't find any room to run. He got stuffed and was set to take a three-yard loss. But then Calvin Pace stripped the ball from McGahee, giving the Jets a short field to work with.
The Jets took over and marched up the field. Mark Sanchez had a key 13-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to bring the Jets to the 11-yard line. However, the drive stalled and the Jets had to settle for a field goal attempt. Nick Folk, who missed a 52-yard attempt on the previous drive, connected on the 21-yard attempt.