“I think both of us are glad that it is over with,” Peyton Manning said of facing his brother. “It is a strange situation. Strange circumstances. (But) good win, good team win.”
I think most of us are glad it is over. After Montee Ball fumbled on first-and-goal four minutes into the game, I think we all knew this wasn’t going to be a cake walk.
The Broncos were scoreless until the second quarter, when Knowshon Moreno had a 20-yard touchdown run. The defense was more of the story throughout the game, allowing the Giants only one third-down conversion during the whole game and held the G-men to 23 yards on the ground.
All week long, the Manning brothers were being compared, contrasted and argued. Who was the better quarterback? By the end of the game, the answer was clear. Eli had 49 passes in the game, resulting in four interceptions to just one touchdown, while Peyton threw 43 times resulting in 307 yards and two touchdowns.
One of those touchdown passes went to ex-Big Sky Conference player and breakout tight end Julius Thomas, and the other touchdown went to Wes Welker who saw 39 yards on just three receptions.
“The defense did a good job keeping us in it, holding them to some field goals when we weren’t quite on our game offensively,” Peyton Manning said. “That was a good team effort, which I think you have to have against good teams.”
According to the Denver Broncos Twitter (@DenverBroncos) they lead the NFL with 90 points, 66 of those coming in the second half. The team closest to that score is the Green Bay Packers, with just 66 points in total.
Though Eric Decker led the way with receiving, 87 yards on 9 catches, Moreno dominated on the ground. 93 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was awesome. He ran hard,” Welker said of Moreno. “He brought a lot of energy to the team and made a lot of big plays for us. That’s what we need. That’s what we like to see.”