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Manning, Roethlisberger come to life in second quarter

Ben Roethlisberger AP

Now this is more like it.

After a dreadfully boring first quarter, the stars of the show have decided to take the stage, doing what they do best.

The Broncos got in the end zone first when Peyton Manning led a brilliant 80-yard, no-huddle drive, exhibiting the same kind of efficiency he did for years with the Colts. It’s impressive particularly because he’s still learning the parts around him, while he had the benefit of stability for years with Indianapolis.

And then Ben Roethlisberger matched him, using his mobility to keep plays alive and get the Steelers to the end zone on a long drive of his own. He’s also trying to adapt on the fly to Todd Haley’s ways, and it looks like he’s starting to figure it out.

The Steelers have a 10-7 lead at the half, setting the stage for what should be an exciting second half.

(Sayeth the NBC employee.)

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10 Responses to “Manning, Roethlisberger come to life in second quarter”
  1. redguy12588 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:00 PM

    Haley’s system might prolong Ben’s career, by having efficient drives and short passes for the majority of the game, then let ben do his magic with 2 minutes left in the half.

  2. smokingconch says: Sep 9, 2012 10:06 PM

    I’m getting pretty sick of defensive football being considered ‘dreadfully boring.’ There is a huge difference between the first quarter of this game and Cleveland-Philly today.

  3. thehighhat says: Sep 9, 2012 10:19 PM

    2 mediocre teams at best.

  4. jr4real says: Sep 9, 2012 10:31 PM

    I defintely wanted Arians out but this offense scheme is no good.

  5. staph1nfection says: Sep 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    smokingconch – I couldn’t agree with you more.

  6. tedmurph says: Sep 9, 2012 11:30 PM

    Great FB game. If steelers lose, watch their crazy fans blame the refs. If Denver loses, they’ll say congrats.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 9, 2012 11:32 PM

    Same ol Steelers.

  8. bigwaz says: Sep 9, 2012 11:35 PM

    Go Broncos! Manning was sensational.

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Sep 9, 2012 11:43 PM

    Welcome back #18!! How did that taste
    haters and doubters? Go Broncos!!

  10. cowboys8819 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:43 PM

    Nothing new Peyton is incredible!

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