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Manning ties comeback record with amazing second half


Through a string of recent comeback attempts that didn’t pay off, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning kept talking about working through the adversity.

The work paid off Monday, as the Broncos took advantage of a hailstorm of turnovers by the Chargers to score 35 unanswered points in the second half for a huge win.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, it was Manning’s 47th game winning drive in the fourth quarter, tying him with Dan Marino for most in NFL history.

“I’ve been a part of some comebacks and you have to have all three phases contribute,” Manning said. “You’ve got to have a tipped ball or a bounce go your way.”

The Broncos got some breaks, with fumbles and interceptions returned for touchdowns. But this was about Manning too, after he went 24-of-30 passing for 309 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. But you couldn’t tell it from his muted reaction, which amazed teammates.

“I’ve never been part of a comeback like that,” tight end Joel Dreessen said. “Peyton, that guy is so humble. I tried to get him fired up about this. I was shaking him, and saying, “What do you think about this, man?’

“All he said was, ‘Good job. Good job.’ ”

Those who’ve known him longer aren’t surprised. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley, whose touchdown gave then the lead for good, said he’s come to expect such things.

“You never can count that guy out,” Stokley said. “I’ve seen it too many times. Everybody in this locker room knows, and we all believe, that when you have him behind the center we can come back from any deficit.”

It helps when the Chargers make it easy, but that shouldn’t take away from Manning’s role in it either.

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45 Responses to “Manning ties comeback record with amazing second half”
  1. tenotnamedmiller says: Oct 16, 2012 7:52 AM

    I stopped watching at halftime and wasn’t at all surprised this morning.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 8:00 AM

    Tim Tebow does it. It’s Tebowmania/Tebow time. Peyton Manning does it, it’s Peyton being Peyton. It must suck to be on that defense. You get no respect.

  3. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:02 AM

    Not the best QB of all-time but still pretty darn good! That was the Peyton Manning As Broncos QB coming out party! 🙂

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Oct 16, 2012 8:11 AM

    Never count out the Orange and Blue!!

  5. dannymac17 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:19 AM

    that comeback doesnt happen without a good ol Norv Turner collapse.

  6. spellingcops says: Oct 16, 2012 8:21 AM

    Not bad for a guy that’s washed up and can’t throw a spiral eh?

  7. ronniemack323 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:35 AM

    Peyton Manning is class personified, extremely confident, and almost never out of a game. This guy is in the all-time great class, and performances like this only solidifies it. Easily my favorite qb, I am glad to see him do well after all the uncertainty of the off season, not knowing if he could come back from his multiple neck surgeries. Montana is the best, Marino has the arm, Elway is captain comeback & Favre has the stats, Brady has more hardware, but there’s no denying that Peyton is in that rarified air of greatness. What’s funny to me is that while he’s so good (like Kobe Bryant), he may not even be considered the best player of all-time on the team he primarily played for in his career (ala Magic Johnson/Johnny Unitas)

  8. pixelito says: Oct 16, 2012 8:37 AM

    This comeback was sponsored by Phillip Rivers.

  9. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:41 AM

    If only the Chargers could have kept Eli and the 49ers had gotten Payton the State of Cali would have had a much better weekend but instead

    The Mannings owned Cali

  10. bgc_HOOSIER says: Oct 16, 2012 8:44 AM

    Got to watch it first hand in Indy for years. Dude goes into beast mode.

  11. nmrdr795 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:47 AM

    After the game qualcomm decided to change their name to nocomm to better suit the stadium.

  12. EJ says: Oct 16, 2012 8:50 AM

    Great game if your into those big comebacks by a old time gunslinger who makes it look easy.

  13. skins21 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:55 AM

    Yeah, what a comeback by Peyton. It was amazing how he willed the defense into forcing 5 turnovers and scoring 2 tds.

  14. yelix says: Oct 16, 2012 8:58 AM

    I was watching with my dad, and at halftime, I told him the Chargers would find a way to lose. I even predicted that Denver would score on their first drive, and then Rivers would turn it over right after that.

  15. knackstermyea says: Oct 16, 2012 9:02 AM

    Peyton is the Manning!!

  16. jgava19 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:09 AM

    Vintage Manning. Not shocked at all. He now actually plays with a defense that is actually pretty darn good in all facets, not just rushing the QB.

  17. hehateme2 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    Manning> brady

  18. ytsejamer1 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:15 AM

    Impressive…i was listening to the game in the background while doing some work and it was just a landslide in the fourth quarter.

    This is yet another example of why Bill Belichick does really stupid things during the game when facing a QB like Peyton Manning.

    Kudos to him on this one…although I think his comeback against TB a few years back was the most impressive.

  19. Patriot42 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:17 AM

    Rivers attitude is so funny to watch. He acts as though he is God sent win the Chargers score but he is a spoiled brat when things go south.

  20. dankinator says: Oct 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    No one is saying that the defense didn’t do well either, but Peyton’s play helped them just as much. He did the opposite of everything that Rivers did. He deserves that credit.

    But so does that defense.

  21. benacci says: Oct 16, 2012 9:26 AM

    “I’ve never been part of a comeback like that,” tight end Joel Dreessen said. “Peyton, that guy is so humble. I tried to get him fired up about this. I was SHAKING HIM, and saying, “What do you think about this, man?’

    I would really be concerned about Dressen shaking Peyton, that big head might snap right off!

  22. docsweeney says: Oct 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    It certainly helps to comeback when your D gets 6 TO’s and scores twice. A good performance by Manning and it makes for good PR but face it, you owe that Defense for making it all possible.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2012 9:31 AM

    This Peyton guy might have a long future in this sport!

  24. crashlion says: Oct 16, 2012 9:34 AM

    I’ve never been a Colts or Manning fan per say, but who cares about if he isn’t the greatest of all time…all that matters is the fact that he’s great. True, Phillip Cassel threw the game away, but I don’t care if you’re up by a billion touchdowns, Manning will 99.9% of the time make it a game.

  25. 2ruefan says: Oct 16, 2012 9:36 AM

    Yeah, this is interesting. Last year when Tebow was pulling out games in the 4th quarter just because the defense kept it CLOSE, the critics proclaimed “It’s all the defense!” They couldn’t win ANYTHING without that defense! Yet the defense was one of the worst in the league against the pass.

    In this game, in the comeback, the defense scored TWICE, and set up the offense three other times. And Phillip Rivers threw FOUR, count em.. FOUR interceptions. And he fumbled twice too! So he servers up 6 turnovers, almost all of them very crucial, and DIRECTLY contributing to 14 points on two of them.

    But the headline is how Peyton Manning has the greatest comeback ever.

    Kind of a double standard it seems. It all depends on how much you want to blame or credit the QB apparently…

  26. irishphilly87 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:37 AM

    All of us need to sit back and appreciate what we’re watching because in my eyes Peyton Manning pound for pound is the best qb of all time. His brother Eli is great too, but my top 3 qb’s of all time are Peyton, Montana and Brady. Take youre pick after that with Elway and Marino and everyone else but Peyton to me is the greatest.

  27. manchestermiracle says: Oct 16, 2012 9:39 AM

    Another epic collapse by the Chargers. Looked like a good pro team in the 1st half and a special-needs junior high team in the 2nd. Wonder what the Vegas odds are on when they’re eliminated from the playoffs this year.

  28. golonger says: Oct 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    Please…..1) You dont get credit for a comeback when YOU are part of the reason for the team being behind 35-0…Manning played the first half right???? If Tebow was still with the team and played the first half, and Manning came in the second half and won..sure…but he was part of the reason they were down. 2) This was a gift from the Chargers…plain and simple. Broncos were better last year Tebow!!!!!

  29. skolvikings2011 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:29 AM

    I didn’t have a horse in last night’s race, just enjoyed it as a football fan.

    That said, I know Bolts fans are down on Norv Turner, but I am pretty sure Turner was not allowing sacks on the OLine and throwing rookie-esque INTs.

    Always questioned whether Philip Rivers was just a slightly “good” NFL QB, and last night sealed it. He is not that great. The Tony Romo of the AFC.

  30. marima07 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    Think of how cool it would be if he didn’t spot his opponents 3 touchdowns every week before he makes his greatest comebacks ever

  31. moth25 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:47 AM


    Are you a moron or do you just play one on the internet? The credit for the Broncos being down in the first half goes to the return men, the 45-yd line that tripped Decker, and a rookie that didn’t read the blitz hot route. Even if you put the blame for that interception completely on Manning (you’d be wrong, but for argument’s sake) then he is responsible for 7 of the 24 points.

    Tebow is so great that he can’t beat out the Sanchize…guarantee you that Manning would.

  32. granadafan says: Oct 16, 2012 11:03 AM

    I turned the game off in the 3rd quarter to watch the Giants beat down the St Louis Cardinals and then went to bed. I was surprised to watch ESPN talk about an epic Manning comeback (of course no credit was given to the defense). Crazy game.

  33. jjackwagon says: Oct 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    AS Peyton goes, so go the Broncos. He still has the Manning Magic. But with his age can he still last a full season. Only time will tell. Good Win Broncos!
    Epic FAIL Chargers. They get Norv’d once again.

  34. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 11:11 AM

    Jay Cutler blows off Mike Tice it’s headline news.
    Phillip Rivers blows off Norv Turner nobody gives it a second thought.


  35. 2ruefan says: Oct 16, 2012 11:13 AM

    Wow, a lot of Manning-lovers/Tebow haters on this thread.

    Any post that suggests this was an epic collapse by San Diego is immediately panned…

    Sorry, it was great 2nd half play by Manning taking advantage of the opportunities. But the story of this game was epic mistakes by Rivers and great secondary play by the Broncos.

  36. salmondude says: Oct 16, 2012 11:14 AM

    Welcome Denver, to what Indy experienced for a decade.

  37. rufhausen1 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:50 AM

    I’m pretty sure this didn’t really happen because Jason Whitlock declared a couple of weeks ago that Manning was finished. God forbid he could be wrong about something.

  38. ishudbgm says: Oct 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    Always liked P Rivers even though I live in Miami but its definately time that P Rivers gets a change of scenery or something. SD just isn’t for him and he seems too comfortable with meltdowns whether its the second half of the game or second half of the season meltdown.

  39. undraftedstar says: Oct 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    Peyton is my fav QB in the league until RG get some years under his belt. The broncos D played spectacular when it matter and with Phillip Rivers help Peyton put the icing on the cake.Its funny nobody questions if rivers have a future in SD,dude have stats but with a tomilson , vjax,and gates in their prime and still cant get it done .

  40. nodindenver says: Oct 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    Have no idea where the second half D came from. Probably a combination of Rivers’ over confidence and some good plays by Denver’s DBs. After watching how much pressure they can apply with a lead, I cannot wait till they actually get one early in a game. Certainly I was wrong; these guys can pressure the QB! ALL the credit for this W should not go solely to Manning.

  41. malvaren18 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:53 PM

    Peyton Time

  42. chas88 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:40 PM

    Great effort by Manning to bring the Broncos back to win, but can we all give the defense a little credit here? If it weren’t for them stepping up in the second half, Manning wouldn’t have had that many opportunities to make a comeback. Give credit where credit is due, and that’s mostly with the Bronco’s defense and the ineptitude of Rivers’ play. I would have been more surprised if the Broncos didn’t make a comeback after getting that many turnovers.

  43. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Oct 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan but I give Manning all the respect in the world. Dude works his butt off all year round. Never rests. Never is satisfied. Never quits. You can’t find a better role model.
    Oh yeah, and Phillip “Joan” Rivers is a winey punk that is great at choking.

  44. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:17 PM

    Comebacks and blown leads are a dime a dozen in the defenseless NFL nowadays. On any given weekend, there are four, maybe five, possibly more comebacks and and blown leads throughout the league…
    The Broncos had a lot of help via the always uninspired Turner-coached Chargers.
    And I could’ve sworn the Broncos’ defense chipped in with a pair of TDs. This obsession with quarterbacks is really creepy.

  45. wabartow01 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:07 PM

    Peyton had a great second half. Defense had a great second half (and the press AND Peyton have given the defense plenty of credit). Both Peyton and the defense had, again, slow starts….can’t keep winning unless they figure this out – which they will.

    Special teams where these big problem….accounting for 14 points.

    As for Tebow. Nice guy, really good athlete, should be a tight end. He is not a viable QB.

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