Super Bowl clash of generations sets stage for 100th season
Meanwhile, Andrew Luck, the quarterback who replaced Manning in Indianapolis, directed the Colts almost all the way back from a huge deficit, rekindling memories of a stunning comeback in the playoffs last season. In that wild-card classic, Luck and the Colts dug their way out of a point hole in the second half to shock Kansas City.
It was Roby who sealed the victory for Denver by breaking up a pass intended for Reggie Wayne on fourth and six from the Denver 39 with 1 minute 57 seconds to play. Advertisement The Colts had clawed their way back to within one score with fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 41 yards to Dwayne Allen and nine yards to Hakeem Nicks.
The game turned out to be a tale of two halves because the Broncos dominated the first two quarters, when their first four possessions ended field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Thomas, who played basketball but not football in college, tied a Broncos single-game record with his three touchdowns. It marked the 25th time Manning threw at least three touchdowns in the first half of a regular-season game.
The Colts, peyton manning touchdown record single season sacked Manning four times in his homecoming to Indianapolis last season, were glaringly shorthanded on defense. Without Welker, Manning turned to Emmanuel Sanders, at one point connecting with him on three consecutive plays.
The former Pittsburgh receiver caught six balls for 77 yards. Advertisement The best news for Denver was the play of its remodeled defense, which got nastier with off-season additions such as defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.
The crowd of 76, was holding its breath for much of the second half too, especially when the Colts successfully executed an onside kick and kept whittling down the gap on the scoreboard. In the second half, we went out there and fought.
We showed our heart.