Found September 10, 2012 on
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Tonight, it was vintage Peyton.
In his first game back in over a year after neck surgery – and his first as quarterback of the Broncos – Peyton Manning looked like the Peyton of old in leading Denver to an impressive 31-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
(Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)
Manning looked in complete control of the offense, directing the show in the no-huddle, and going 19 of 26 for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns … including the 400th (and 401st) TD of his career. He led the Broncos back from a 19-14 deficit early in the 4th quarter, and did so with ruthless efficiency, including a 71-yard pitch and catch to Demaryius Thomas that put Denver ahead for good.
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In one game, the Broncos faithful have instantly forgotten about Tebowmania, raised their expectations for the season to unreasonably high levels, and can expect that the bandwagon will get even more crowded now that Manning is driving.
And in case there was any doubt that Peyton was feeling it tonight, we got this instant classic GIF:
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