Thursday night at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, quarterback Brett Rypien started his first NFL game for the Denver Broncos.
He wasn't perfect but he did some good things.
He did enough of them to help the Broncos get their first win of the season, 37-28 over the New York Jets.
After the Jets took their opening series 75 yards in nine plays and too a 7-0 lead on Sam Darnold's 46-yard touchdown run, Rypien and the Broncos got down to buiness.
They had four scoring drives of 70 yards or more in the first half and along the way, Rypien threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy and a 7-yarder to Tim Patrick.
The Broncos led 17-13 at halftime and built on that lead in the second half. After pushing their advantage to 27-16 early in the fourth quarter, the Jets scored the next 12 points in succession and led 28-27 with 6:23 to go.
Rypien again responded and got the Broncos close enough for Brandon McManus to hit a 53-yard field goal that put them up 30-28 with 3:08 remaining.
Melvin Gordon's second touchdown run of the game sealed it up. He bounced outside and went 43 yards for the score with 1:48 left.
Rypien completed 19-of-31 passes for 242 yards with two scores and three interceptions.
The Broncos are 1-2 and play at the Patriots on Sunday, October 11. Coverage starts at 11 a.m. on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
Postgame comments from Rypien, Bradley Chubb and head coach Vic Fangio are below, along with game highlights.