Peyton Manning 26-of-45 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception
At the beginning of the Thursday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, it appeared that Peyton Manning was in for another long game. Manning struggled early on and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown for his second straight game.
Manning and the Broncos would turn things around. Manning began to utilize all of his receivers and led Denver to what looked to be an improbable victory. He finished the night with 26-of-45 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Fantasy owners appear to have the real Peyton Manning back.
Here are some of the highlights of Manning’s performance against the Chiefs:
Manning Threw Another Pick-Six
For the second straight game, Manning threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The pass was intended for Demaryius Thomas.
Prior to the interception, Manning had been looking improved from Week 1. Part of the challenge is the lack of protection from the offensive line.
Emmanuel Sanders Scored a Touchdown
Manning hit Sanders on a quick slant route that resulted in a touchdown. Sanders celebrated with an amazing back flip seen in the video above.
Virgil Green Scored a Touchdown
Manning found tight end Virgil Green in the back of the end zone. The touchdown tied the game at 14 and shifted the momentum back to the Broncos at halftime. Manning finished the first half with 116 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Manning definitely looked improved in the first half against the Chiefs. Aside for the interception, his accuracy has looked a lot better. The two late first half touchdowns made fantasy owners feel a little more at ease.
Manning Throws for 70,000 Yards
Prior to this game, Brett Favre was the only quarterback to throw for 70,000 yards. Midway through the third quarter, Peyton Manning joined the 70,000 yards passing club. Manning was able to it what amounted about 2 seasons less worth of games than Favre.
Sanders Tied the Game With a Touchdown
Sanders caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 24-24 with less than 40 seconds remaining in the game. It was Sanders second touchdown catch of the game, and it appeared that it would send the game into overtime. That was all about to change with one play.