Peyton Manning throws first touchdown as a Bronco

AP

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.