Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/12
DENVER -- Peyton Manning brushed aside a bloodied thumb to come out on top in his matchup with onetime Super Bowl rival Drew Brees. Manning threw three touchdown passes and twice oversaw scoring drives covering more than 90 yards to lead the Denver Broncos past the New Orleans Saints 34-14 Sunday night. Two of the scoring passes came after he tore his thumbnail when he struck it against a pass rusher's helmet while following through on a completion to Eric Decker late in the second quarter. "For quarterbacks, probably the biggest fear is always the thumb on the helmet of a defensive lineman, so that's what happened," Manning said. "Mostly, it was the nail, the fingernail. It'll be sore (Monday), but I'm probably a little bit lucky." He was also good. The first-year Denver quarterback threw for 305 yards, completing 22 of 30 passes, including touchdown tosses of 13 and 2 yards to Decker and 1 yard to Demaryius Thomas. It was Manning's fifth consecutive 300-yard game, tyin...
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