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Three-TD burst propels Broncos, who now await news on Manning

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Three TD passes from Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas in a 10-minute stretch propelled the Broncos to a 28-20 victory at San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

However, as the Broncos tried to close out the victory, Manning was hit in the right leg above the knee by Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget. Manning limped after the hit, but he stayed in the game. He will have an MRI on Monday, he told reporters.

Manning riddled the Chargers’ defense, throwing for 330 yards and four scores. Demaryius Thomas led all receivers with 108 yards, while Broncos tight end Julius Thomas opened the scoring with a 74-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

The Broncos led 7-6 midway through the second quarter, then pulled clear with three consecutive scoring drives. The second drive in the sequence was especially crushing for the Chargers, as it came after a missed field goal with less than two minutes left in the half. Instead of cutting Denver’s lead to 14-9, San Diego found itself down 21-6 at halftime after a seven-yard Thomas TD.

The Broncos would strike again to start the second half, with Thomas taking a screen pass and striding away for a 34-yard TD. This gave Denver a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. From here, it appeared the Broncos were home free.

Nevertheless, the banged-up Chargers fought back. Outside linebacker Tourek Williams forced and recovered a Manning fumble, setting up a Danny Woodhead TD catch. Then, Ryan Mathews’ one-yard TD run cut the Broncos’ lead to 28-20 with 10:42 left in the contest.

In the end, the Broncos would hold on. Now, the attention turns to Manning’s health.

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20 Responses to “Three-TD burst propels Broncos, who now await news on Manning”
  1. smartstickhotness says: Nov 10, 2013 9:04 PM

    They still have a shot at the 5 seed

  2. blackngold4life says: Nov 10, 2013 9:07 PM

    Man..I don’t know who their OC is..but that offence is $..especially in the RedZone. I know Manning is the QB but the OC deserves a lot of the credit. Haley needs to be watchin every play they run on tape..maybe he could learn something

  3. ravenswhat says: Nov 10, 2013 9:08 PM

    Please let him be ok. I need a good laugh after he poops the bed again in the cold January playoff weather.

  4. thepftpoet says: Nov 10, 2013 9:10 PM

    Peyton Manning on a stretcher is still better than Alex Smith

  5. shogunassasin30 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:14 PM

    ravenswhat says:
    Nov 10, 2013 9:08 PM
    Please let him be ok. I need a good laugh after he poops the bed again in the cold January playoff weather.

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    You mad that jumpball Joe went back to his rightful place of being a crappy Quarterback? Enjoy your 7-9 season this yr loser

  6. digitaltakawira says: Nov 10, 2013 9:18 PM

    A stretcher is exactly where peyton will be after the Chiefs game. Houston and Hali are coming.

  7. ravenswhat says: Nov 10, 2013 9:19 PM

    shogunassasin30 says:
    Nov 10, 2013 9:14 PM
    ravenswhat says:
    Nov 10, 2013 9:08 PM
    Please let him be ok. I need a good laugh after he poops the bed again in the cold January playoff weather.

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    You mad that jumpball Joe went back to his rightful place of being a crappy Quarterback? Enjoy your 7-9 season this yr loser

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    Considering joe beat you guys in Denver, perhaps Peyton should consider throwing some jump balls in January? What’s he got to lose, he’s 9-11 in the playoffs!

  8. tjjohnson98 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:30 PM

    I’m sure Peyton’s leg would have to be amputated for him not to play against the Chiefs.

  9. rjmarrella says: Nov 10, 2013 9:34 PM

    Jump ball Joe. That’s good, I like that.

  10. nyjetsfan08 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:34 PM

    At this point in the season, Manning’s gotta think more about winning playoff games than surpassing Brady’s 50 TD season.

  11. shogunassasin30 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:36 PM

    Peyton doesn’t need pointers from a guy that’s beneath him. Fluke-o will never be in the hall of fame unless it involves going to watch Peyton’s induction ceremony. My god..I can take trash talk from Pats fans because they have their own legend at QB. But now we have loser Bmore fans trying to inject themselves in to a conversation.

    9-2 62.9 3109yd 25td’s 8int’s 102.4 Rating.

    Know what that is ravens fan? Manning’s career stats versus Bmore. Last yr’s playoff game doesn’t change the fact that Peyton owns you.

  12. smartstickhotness says: Nov 10, 2013 9:49 PM

    Tebow will always have more playoff wins in Denver than Manning ever will ever

  13. tmarlin1221 says: Nov 10, 2013 10:12 PM

    Chiefs fans sure do talk a lot of trash, especially since they have won the legendary vince bombardi trophy for the 40 years in a row. Enjoy hoisting yet another offseason championship this yr.

  14. ravenswhat says: Nov 10, 2013 10:49 PM

    shogunassasin30 says:
    Nov 10, 2013 9:36 PM
    Peyton doesn’t need pointers from a guy that’s beneath him. Fluke-o will never be in the hall of fame unless it involves going to watch Peyton’s induction ceremony. My god..I can take trash talk from Pats fans because they have their own legend at QB. But now we have loser Bmore fans trying to inject themselves in to a conversation.

    9-2 62.9 3109yd 25td’s 8int’s 102.4 Rating.

    Know what that is ravens fan? Manning’s career stats versus Bmore. Last yr’s playoff game doesn’t change the fact that Peyton owns you.

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    We?? ha. I love how this Denver fan is speaking about Peyton as if he’s been a bronco for 10 years. Give it a break. That legend couldn’t win the big one with some of the best offenses ever assembled. His only win came against that gold standard for a QB play in Rex Grossman.

    I love Peyton, he’s great fun to watch. But here’s the facts: he’s the greatest reg season QB of all time with so so much more to be desired when the pressure hit in the playoffs.

    Capiche?

  15. repmochief50 says: Nov 10, 2013 11:17 PM

    Thank God in a week this will get settled where it should…..on the field! I’m sure it will be a long week, but at least it will be in the players Hans after that.

  16. pongonfl says: Nov 11, 2013 3:16 AM

    All this asshattery about Manning chasing records,
    He has sat out a couple of 4th quarters already, this game was close at the end.
    Do you even think before you dribble?

  17. dt58 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:59 AM

    I love Peyton but bottom line… 1 Super Bowl…that’s facts. Be careful before you crown anyone.

  18. shogunassasin30 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:17 AM

    Peyton Manning’s career passer rating in the playoffs (out of 65 quarterbacks) is 10th. Ahead of Troy Aikman and Tom Brady. So don’t regurgitate that same lowest common denominator argument that every other idiot fan falls back on when they don’t have anything original to say about Peyton Manning. He also didn’t play against Rex Grossman in the superbowl, he PLAYED against a Bears defense that was absolutely stellar that yr, not to mention Chicago was probably ecstatic that it happened to be raining to slow the field down a bit. But if you care to use yet another estupido argument with regards to the QB on the other side of the field that year. Does coming back from 21-3 against Tom Brady in the AFC championship game count? Troll harder next time smart guy.

  19. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 11, 2013 7:57 AM

    “I don’t know who the OC is, but that offense is $”

    I believe his name is Peyton Manning…

  20. nflrox36 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:36 PM

    That Chiefs defense is going to tee of on a gimpy Peyton Manning…Bronco’s should sit him out a few weeks, let him heal and think about the rest of their season.

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