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Peyton Manning leads Broncos to big rally in crucial win over Chiefs
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/01/2013 05:46:51 PM MST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As always, Peyton Manning did a lot of waving and pointing before the ball
was snapped. What he should have done is wave after the snap. Keep going, Eric. Keep going. Hey,
Demaryius, go long. Longer. Lon-ger! OK, here g-o-o-o-e-s!
At 37, Peyton Manning has become the NFL's new Mad Bomber.
The strong-armed quarterback. The deep thrower.
Thanks to Manning's long tosses to the likes of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos
rallied from a shaky start to defeat Kansas City, 35-28, Sunday and take control of their division and
"I know it's a hot debate locally with the distance and the RPMs, whatever it is," Manning said about the
perpetual concerns about his arm. "I enjoy it when they go for touchdowns."
Down 21-7 in the second quarter against a Chiefs' team inspired by its boisterous home crowd,
Manning put the hush signal to Arrowhead Stadium by leading the Broncos to 28 unanswered points.
Manning's arm strength has been a question mark since he missed the 2011 season to recover from
four neck surgeries. It became a discussion topic again last week when he threw for a season-low
150 yards in frigid, windy conditions at New England.
But against the Chiefs, Manning let 'er rip.
He connected on touchdown passes of 41 and 37 yards to Decker, who torched the Chiefs' man-to-
man, press covering cornerbacks for four touchdowns. On another series, a 42-yard completion to
Decker set up a short touchdown toss to running back Knowshon Moreno. On another drive, a 77-yard
strike-and-run with Thomas set up a 15-yard scoring zinger to Decker.
"I think he showed people why he's so great," Decker said. "He can throw the football deep. We never
had questions about that, but maybe outside people had speculations. We knew he could throw the
football deep and fortunately we made enough plays today."
Early in the fourth quarter, Manning and Decker connected again, this time for a 1-yard fade route
touchdown that turned out to be the winning score.
Who says Manning can't play in cool weather? It was 55 degrees at kickoff, brisk enough for Manning
to wear a glove on his right passing hand.
It fit. Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns. He has 4,125 passing yards and 41
touchdown passes with four games remaining. The NFL single-season record is 50 touchdown
passes, set by New England's dastardly Tom Brady in 2007.
Four games to get 10 touchdowns and the record. Put 'em up, Peyton.
Manning has compiled his share of stats by dunking and dinking. But with the Chiefs double-teaming
slot receiver Wes Welker, as they did when the teams met in Denver two weeks ago, Manning and
offensive coordinator Adam Gase adjusted by chucking and heaving.
"I don't measure the length of the throws," Manning said. "Sometimes when you play a team close to
back-to-back there are some ideas you wish you could've got to in that first game that you can get to in
that second game.
"We thought there were some chances to get down the field in that first game that we never got to. I
thought Adam was aggressive and called some deep shots at the right time. Sometimes when you
call deep plays you have to get the right coverage. And we guessed right a couple times and that
allowed Eric to get down the field."
Against the Patriots last week, Decker had one catch for 5 yards and loads of question marks. On
Sunday he had eight catches for 174 yards and four touchdowns.
That'll balance out the average.
"It makes it easy when you have some of the best receivers, Welker and D.T. on your side," Decker
said. "Today I got some opportunities to make plays and I did."
It's not just glitzy stats, though, with Manning and his offense. Those hefty numbers are the base to
victories. The Broncos are 10-2 after sweeping the two-game series from the Chiefs, who fell to 9-3.
By owning the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Broncos essentially have a two-game lead in the AFC
West with four games left.
The victory also capped an impressive month by interim coach Jack Del Rio. Filling in for head coach
John Fox, who underwent heart-valve replacement surgery four weeks ago, Del Rio went 3-1 as the
Broncos' fill-in leader.
After the team's second victory against the Chiefs, Broncos football operations boss John Elway
presented Del Rio with the game ball.
Fox returns to the job Monday morning as Del Rio goes back to full-time defensive coordinator.
"He stepped into a difficult situation and handled it like a pro," said Broncos linebacker Danny
Trevathan. "I respect that man more for the job he did, on both sides of the ball."
Mike Klis: email@example.com or twitter.com/mikeklis
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