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Peyton Manning throws first touchdown as a Bronco

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Peyton Manning got a few things out of the way in the first quarter against the 49ers.

He threw his first touchdown as a member of the Broncos, a 10-yard strike to Eric Decker to cap the Broncos’ second possession of the day and give Denver a 10-0 lead. Manning was 6-for-6 on the drive, including a 38-yarder to running back Lance Ball to convert a third down.

Manning got popped by 49ers linebacker Parys Haralson with a clean shot to the upper chest and right shoulder just after making that throw, but showed no more ill effects from the hit than he showed last week. The touchdown to Decker came a few plays later and Manning’s throws looked just as good as they did before Haralson knocked him down.

The other thing that Manning accomplished was making several good throws to his right, including the long one to Ball. John Clayton of ESPN reported this week that Manning is having a problem throwing to his right side, a problem that has not been in evidence while Jim Harbaugh and the rest of us evaluate Manning on Sunday afternoon.

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12 Responses to “Peyton Manning throws first touchdown as a Bronco”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    49ers are validating my claim that last season was a fluke for them. Terrible QB and overrated defense.

  2. drewfl says: Aug 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    That drive was vintage Peyton.. good to see he still has it

  3. lilrob10201 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:46 PM

    Manning is 1-4 TD/INT for the preseason ?

  4. jbaxt says: Aug 26, 2012 4:47 PM

    Surely he threw some in practice… Or are you implying pre-season games mean something?

    He can’t even throw a spiral anymore.

  5. doe22us says: Aug 26, 2012 4:50 PM

    He just popped another one in, he will be alright.

  6. essentialsausage says: Aug 26, 2012 4:51 PM

    I love it. I’m a Peyton Manning-lover though.

  7. august1969 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    and the neck got re-injured, and the 18 Million dollar theft is complete

  8. ravensallday2012 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    What was that about the qb

  9. jason1980 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:54 PM

    Peyton’s rocking the 49’ers. You bet your sweet behind last year was a fluke. 10 more years of irrelevancy for the the hapless 49’ers.

  10. briguy5 says: Aug 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    You know what I hate? I hate people who call preseason action someone’s “First touchdown” or “First interception” or “First NFL pass” or whatever. Nothing that happens this month is anybody’s first anything.

    The first TD Manning throws in September will be his first as a Bronco. Nobody is going to remember preseason week 3.

  11. jamezz23 says: Aug 26, 2012 5:10 PM

    Niners look bad. The only good play came after a failed onside kick by the broncos. It you can keep the niners having to drive 70to80 yards per drive and don’t gift wrap them a short field you are in good shape. They have issues sustaining long drives.

  12. realdealsteel says: Aug 26, 2012 5:36 PM

    And as usual, the only receiver Alex Smith can see is Vernon Davis.

    I’m telling you, Alex Smith has a mental block on anybody else other then the TE. He can’t really pass. I don’t care if you put Randy Moss in his prime out there, Smith can’t really throw to wide receivers. He’s a bust. And the 49ers are only going to make the playoffs because their in the weakest division in football. One and done in the playoffs too.

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