DENVER (CBS4) – Perhaps in an attempt to confuse the Patriots defense the Broncos offense on Sunday afternoon put some players in unexpected roles.
During the Broncos’ 15 play, 93 yard drive that led to a second quarter touchdown, tight end Virgil Green and defensive lineman Mitch Unrein both lined up in the backfield during offensive snaps.
Green took a handoff on second and 7 on the Denver 36 during the drive. He ran it for 6 yards in his first career rush, and it was a pretty one.
Green broke at least one tackle and dodged another tackler for positive yardage.
Unrein, a defensive tackle who has one career catch (and one career touchdown) to his credit, lined up next to Manning while the Broncos were in the red zone on the same drive. He acted as a fullback on at least two running plays but the Broncos were unable to get into the endzone on the ground.
Manning then threw the only touchdown in the first half to Jacob Tamme for a 10-0 lead.