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Sunday, December 11, 2011
First-quarter wrap: Bears 0, Broncos 0

By Jon Greenberg

Henry Melton
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is tackled by the Bears' Henry Melton in the first quarter on Sunday.


DENVER -- The first quarter at Sports Authority Field on Sunday was a scoreless affair.

Offense for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos was at a minimum, to say the least.

Tim Tebow went 3-for-7 for 45 yards, buying time with his feet for one 23-yard completion to Matt Willis. But he also threw an interception -- his first in six games -- to Charles Tillman along the Broncos sideline. Willis McGahee couldn’t get going, picking up seven yards on seven carries.

Caleb Hanie couldn’t do much either, going 3-for-4 for 10 yards. Marion Barber looked capable of moving the Bears down the field, picking up 38 yards on eight carries, mostly up the middle. Hanie was sacked once for an eight-yard loss on second-and-10.

The Bears went 0-for-3 on third down. They went 0-11 in last week’s 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.