It was early November in Cincinnati. The Broncos quarterback dropped back to pass, found a receiver open for a 30-yard gain.
Four plays later, Denver scored the winning touchdown and John Elway, in his 16th and final season, had the 39th game-winning drive of the 40 he would engineer in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Fast forward 15 years to another November day in Cincinnati. Elway runs the team from the front office and the quarterback he brought to Denver, Peyton Manning, directs a five-play, 80-yard drive that gives the Broncos the lead in the fourth quarter. It's his 48th game-winning drive. Manning now holds the NFL record in a category Elway once defined.
''He thrives on it,'' Broncos coach John Fox said. ''I think most competitors do. They want the ball in their hands.''
He could have been speaking about Elway. In this case, he was speaking about Manning.
The quarterback's latest escape act, which included four completions, including one of his three scoring passes aga...