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Broncos power away from Giants with three-TD burst

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Buoyed by stout defense and propelled forward by an offense that picked up its play in the second half, the Broncos rolled to an impressive 41-23 win against the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Broncos’ defense played a major role in the victory, intercepting Giants quarterback Eli Manning four times. Denver also held New York to 23 yards rushing.

New York now has 10 turnovers in two games, with Manning throwing seven picks in that span.

The Broncos’ offense got a big game from running back Knowshon Moreno, who had touchdown runs of 20 and 25 yards. Quarterback Peyton Manning was sharp as usual, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns.

The Broncos’ special teams also chipped in, with punt returner Trindon Holliday picking up a bouncing punt and sprinting 81 yards for a touchdown to break the game open in the fourth quarter.

The Giants’ defense held up relatively well early in the game, but it started to give up more ground in the second half. The Giants needed their offense to come up big, and that did not happen.

The win improves Denver’s record to 2-0 in advance of a matchup with Oakland (1-1) on Monday night.

This was a close game until the Broncos powered away with three second-half TDs in 5:12 of game action encompassing the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter.

With Denver leading 17-16, Moreno rushed off the right side for a 25-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the third. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Manning was intercepted by Chris Harris, who grabbed a pass that bounded off the foot of teammate Tony Carter, who had broken in front of Rueben Randle to deflect the throw. Denver would capitalize with a Manning-to-Julius Thomas TD pass. Finally, the Broncos forced the Giants to punt, and Holliday broke free for his touchdown to give Denver a 38-16 lead with 10:13 in regulation.

Now 0-2 for the first time since 2007, the Giants travel to Carolina next Sunday. The Panthers are also 0-2 after 24-23 loss to Buffalo earlier Sunday. The Giants are just one game back of the Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East after every division team lost in Week Two.

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30 Responses to “Broncos power away from Giants with three-TD burst”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 15, 2013 8:12 PM

    We are all thinking it: The NFC East is the worst division in football.

  2. gloryfromheaven says: Sep 15, 2013 8:14 PM

    Already scoring 90 points in the first two weeks… I would assume they’ll break the scoring record at this point.

  3. thekiller678 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:14 PM

    As a Giants fan:
    No linebackers
    No Oline
    No running game
    Passing game strugglng.

    But nothing made me more angry today than the playcalling. Tell me, Bronco fans. Where you guys laughing your butts off at the ATROCIOUS playcalling? Shotgun draw after shotgun draw after shotgun draw.. pathetic.

    I might consider boycotting games until KILLDRIVE is fired…

    I will be rooting for Denver though. Love Peyton and the last thing I want to see is the Pats in the superbowl again.

  4. rhabdodontidae says: Sep 15, 2013 8:14 PM

    OK Eli, you can throw interceptions, we get it.

    Don’t have to prove it every week.

  5. elwaysagenius says: Sep 15, 2013 8:17 PM

    Even the refs can’t make the broncos lose. SB 2014 might as well be given to them today

  6. truthfactory says: Sep 15, 2013 8:17 PM

    Anyone ever notice that there Eli Manning only is “clutch” and “Elite” when his Defense shows up?? He’s never noticed that all of Eli’s “Clutch” big games only occur when his defense shows up huge?? He’s never won a playoff game when his D has given up 20+ points.

    The games against the Cowboys and at home against his Peyton and the Bronco’s were “Big” games by anyones definition and he wet the bed. The only chance he ever has to win these games are if his D holds them to 17 points and gives him a couple of turnovers. There are dozens of QB’s who can appear to be “clutch” when they only have to score 20 points to win… but when he’s forced to keep up and throw up 35 or 40 pts for a big win, it’s a big fail. He’s a very good QB, but not what I would call “elite”.

  7. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 15, 2013 8:18 PM

    Some really horrible officiating in this game…

  8. cometkazie says: Sep 15, 2013 8:22 PM

    The Jints look like a 0-2 team.

  9. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Sep 15, 2013 8:23 PM

    Where have Tuck and JPP been so far this season?
    I did not hear their names mentioned one single time today.
    Mediocre slackers…..

  10. patsbrat says: Sep 15, 2013 8:24 PM

    I was rooting for Eli in this one. Man, that was weird…

  11. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 15, 2013 8:24 PM

    You got it backwards on that INT. It bounced off Carter’s foot into Harris’ arms. Carter got the last pick in the endzone. But boy aren’t the Broncos looking like the most complete team in the league. Could seriously have the #1 offense, top 5 defense, a strong legged accurate kicker in Prater, Colquit is a top 5 punter, and the coverage teams are heads up and tenacious. I don’t see a team that can beat us with NE in the dumps. I think they hang 50 against Oak next week. Go Broncos!

  12. thekiller678 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:24 PM

    Anyone ever notice that there Eli Manning only is “clutch” and “Elite” when his Defense shows up?? He’s never noticed that all of Eli’s “Clutch” big games only occur when his defense shows up huge?? He’s never won a playoff game when his D has given up 20+ points.

    The games against the Cowboys and at home against his Peyton and the Bronco’s were “Big” games by anyones definition and he wet the bed. The only chance he ever has to win these games are if his D holds them to 17 points and gives him a couple of turnovers. There are dozens of QB’s who can appear to be “clutch” when they only have to score 20 points to win… but when he’s forced to keep up and throw up 35 or 40 pts for a big win, it’s a big fail. He’s a very good QB, but not what I would call “elite”.
    ====================================
    I agree. People overreacted with Eli the same way they are with Flacco right now. Eli is an 8-10 QB which is still good. I do have a problem with people that call him “lucky” though because plenty of UN-lucky things happen to him as well. Mainly receivers dropping wide open passes and tipped interceptions.

  13. johninthewest says: Sep 15, 2013 8:25 PM

    Offense= Unstoppable. AFC West winners for sure.

  14. nananatman says: Sep 15, 2013 8:39 PM

    Giants look soft for 5th straight game, second straight year, Eli on pace for 47 ints this year. Improved run D? Where? Peyton had all day. Run O looks worse if possible.

  15. faris213 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:42 PM

    Ball went off of Carter’s heel and intercepted by Harris, not the other way around.

  16. pokerthief76 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:46 PM

    Being I giant fan second half of game was pathetic…we’re we’re the giants adjustments….defense was pathetic…I blame coaching…if things don’t change going to long season…like Tom couchlin but maybe it’s time for a change if things don’t improve in week there…maybe fire perry fuel…new d coach…? Hope for a better week next week!

  17. jrebar88 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:15 PM

    Worst officiating of the year, this game will hold that all season. Refs covered for all of the Giants mistakes.

  18. eyedocjay says: Sep 15, 2013 9:24 PM

    I blame most of this on Reese… Games are won at line of scrimmage and our O-line is pathetic… He’s tried to address D-line and it’s just as pathetic… Our team is capped out…you all could blame Eli, Coughlin and the coaches but it’s really Reese who needs to GO!

  19. bobhk says: Sep 15, 2013 9:32 PM

    pathetic jints and Lilly manning the most overrated qb. famous for 2 lucky throws.

  20. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:37 PM

    “I think they hang 50 against Oak next week. Go Broncos!”

    They COULD, but I don’t think it’ll happen because I think the game will be out of hand by mid 3rd quarter. If it’s 38-10 or something going in to the 4th, you’re gnna see a ton of Brock Osweiler handing the ball off to Montee Ball. Denver is so good, I think the reg season this yr is just a formality. I’m ready for that first Divisional playoff home game. This team, more than any other is about the superbowl. Superbowl or bust

  21. dolphins4 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:43 PM

    The NFC east is going to be a 4 team battle down to the end.

  22. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 15, 2013 9:46 PM

    @eyedocjay – you hit the nail on the head. Reese has done a terrible job in free agency and in the draft. Think about this. The Giants have drafted 12 players over the past two years and the only one seeing any significant playing time is Pugh and that is only because Diehl is out.

    2012 draft class – Wilson, Randle, Hosley, Robinson, Mosley, McCants. None of these guys are contributing. Mosley and McCants aren’t even on the practice squad. Robinson (the JPP of TEs according to Reese) hasn’t played at all. Hosley can’t even beat out Thomas who is coming off two ACLs.

    2013 draft class – Pugh, Hankins, Moore, Nessib (will never play QB in the NFL) Taylor and Herman.

    Go back to 2011 and it is no better. Can’t hit in the draft or in free agency.

  23. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 15, 2013 9:49 PM

    Also, Perry Fewell is terrible as a D-Coordinator. His schemes are terrible.

  24. kev86 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:07 PM

    Giants fell apart after Denver’s lucky INT off the back of the corners heel. Giants couldn’t run.

  25. flickflint says: Sep 15, 2013 10:39 PM

    When does Peyton not look good in Week 2? Everyone calm down come December/January Peyton will do what he always does

  26. mydogsnameisvick says: Sep 15, 2013 11:18 PM

    Giants will need Gene Steratore to officiate more of their games if they’re going to have any chance of winning more than 6-7 games. Awful officiating today. Any borderline call went to the home team. Still lost by 18, showing you just how bad they are.

  27. jjackwagon says: Sep 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    If the NFC East is the “Best” division in the League and the AFC West is the worst. But the NFC East goes 0-3 against the AFC West yesterday, what does it all mean? How will the talking heads explain it away?

  28. lt1976 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:27 AM

    The Giants incompetence in the red zone made me pull my hair out yesterday. The D played admirably, except for the lack of pass rush. We´re not going anywhere with 4 turnovers per game, especially the INTs. It seems like Eli is competing every year for the league-lead in interceptions. Why the f… is that?!?

    Talk about a must-win-game next week against one of the worst teams in football. If we get beat by that cry-baby Cam Newton, I´m quitting for that season…

    Sorry guys, am still angry about last night.

  29. kev86 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    Eli threw a INTs at end of half, end of game and one was a freak bounce off the heel of a cornerback. If you think Eli is the problem, I think you have a problem.

    20 yards rushing is UNACCEPTABLE.

    the o-line/run game was terrible!!!

    be grateful Eli didnt get hurt. he stood in there and took a lot of hits.

    anytime JPP is ready would be nice too!!!

    the Moreno TD runs were embarassing.

  30. skinsfolife says: Sep 16, 2013 4:33 PM

    Poor Sheli….. Big brother had to teach him how to play football.

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