Peyton Manning came off the bench in the second half of Week 17 and the Broncos got past the Chargers to earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
That means they’ll be at home next weekend for their playoff opener and the team announced on Thursday that Manning will be their starting quarterback for that game. Coach Gary Kubiak informed Manning, Brock Osweiler and the rest of the team about his decision on Thursday morning.
It is a decision that many expected the Broncos to make after the way things played out against San Diego last Sunday. The Broncos turned the ball over five times before Manning came into the game with Osweiler throwing a pair of interceptions and losing a fumble. Manning didn’t do much through the air, going 5-of-9 for 69 yards, but he didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t appear to have any issues with the torn plantar fascia that contributed to the decision to go with Osweiler earlier in the season.
The Broncos could always make a change during the game if things aren’t going well offensively, but Manning’s back in the saddle for Denver with a chance to put a happy ending on what’s been a trying season for him on and off the field.