The Cardinals moved the ball pretty well during their first possession until Bobbie Massie got a holding call that stalled the drive. Jay Feely attempted a 40-yard field goal, but it hit the left upright and fell short. On the Cardinals second drive, Ryan Lindley found rookie Michael Floyd in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown. Floyd made a great juggling catch when he tipped the ball to himself.
The Cardinals offense utilized a good mix of running and passing plays in the first half. Ryan Lindley ended the half 9 of 13 for 101 yards and a touchdown, probably securing his spot as the third-string quarterback. Beanie Wells looked good in his brief appearance, rushing for 35 yards on 7 carries, while Ryan Williams did not have any carries.
In their final possession, Cardinals receiver DeMarco Sampson fumbled the ball on their own 21 yard line with 47 seconds left in the half. The Cardinals defense held the Broncos scoreless, sacking Broncos quarterback Caleb Hanie on the final play of the half, and five times throughout the first half. Linebacker Reggie Walker leads the team with four tackles and a sack. The Cardinals held the Broncos to 116 total yards, and Michael Adams and A.J. Jefferson both broke up passes late in the half.