Peyton Manning does it again as the Broncos move to 8-1.
Peyton tosses 4 TDs. Gains 330 yards through the air. Secures ANOTHER win for the Broncos. MUST-SEE: http://t.co/K0MHsFBIaS
— NFL (@nfl) November 11, 2013
With Denver head coach on Fox watching on from his sickbed after having a heart operation, the Denver Broncos and their mercurial quarterback Peyton Manning performed a little surgery of their own against the San Diego defence.
Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three to Demaryius Thomas, as he efficiently led the Broncos to a 28-20 victory in their first game since Fox had his aortic valve replaced last Monday. Fox was released Friday and will continue his recovery at his off-season home.
Manning kept the Broncos (8-1) rolling. He threw touchdown passes of 11, 7 and 34 yards to Thomas on consecutive drives spanning the second and third quarters, staking the Broncos to a 28-6 lead.
Julius Thomas had a 74-yard catch-and-run on Denver’s first drive, turning a short pass into the second-longest play by a tight end in team history.
The Broncos’ scoring drives lasted 57 seconds; 2 minutes, 27 seconds, 1:25, and 3:26.
The Chargers (4-5) closed the gap late in the second half but couldn’t catch up.
The Chargers were inside the Denver 23 three times in their first four possessions and had to settle for field goals of 26 and 40 yards by Nick Novak. Novak was wide left on a 37-yard attempt with 1:38 left before halftime.