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Chapter Two of Peyton Manning's career officially kicks off on Sunday night as the Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of last season's AFC Divisional playoff game.
Manning, who hasn't played a game since Jan. 8, 2011 when the Colts fell to the Jets in the playoffs, spent 14 years in Indianapolis before multiple neck surgeries sidelined him for the entire 2011-12 season. The Colts decided to part ways with the future Hall of Famer. John Elway jumped at the chance to sign him in Denver, even if it meant shipping Tebowmania to New York.
"I know how hard I've worked to get back to this position and how much time I've put in to rehabbing and how much time I continue to put in," Manning told reporters before Sunday's game. "I'm going to play as hard as I possibly can, so that's really all I know to do."
Will Peyton win the first game with his new team? Or will Pittsburgh avenge the stunning loss suffered at the hands of Tim Tebow and Demaryious Thomas in first round of the postseason?
|@ AdamSchefter : So it looks like old 18 still can play a bit.|
Peyton Manning wins his first game as a Denver Bronco. Denver wins 31-19. Steelers come up short in the rematch of the AFC Divisional playoff loss.
Ben can't find anyone down field and Denver sacks him AGAIN. That will be the game. Denver just needs to knee it.
Denver defense sacks Roethlisberger again. Von Miller gets another one.
Miller TEBOWED after that sack.
Von Miller gets to Big Ben on the first play and brings him down for a loss of 7.
Touchback for Pittsburgh.
|@ MikeGarafolo : Tracy Porter with the pick six ... this time to benefit Peyton.|
The Steelers D keeps McGahee out of the end zone. Conversion no good. 31-19 Denver.
|@ JasonLaCanfora : Tracey Porter picks Peyton for a game winner in Super Bowl, and tonight he finishes off a game with a pick six for Peyton|
|@ EyeOnNFL : Wow, Tracy Porter.|
Ben throws a pass to his left to Sanders but Tracy Porter picks it off and takes it all the way back for the TOUCHDOWN. That looked awfully similar to his interception for the Saints in the Super Bowl... against Peyton Manning.
From their own 39, Ben drops back in the shotgun and throws an incomplete pass to Sanders down the left sideline.
Ben scrambles after a low snap and throws on the run and hits Brown deep for about 19 yards. Chris Harris is down on the field for Denver.
Rainey wanted to bring the ball out from deep into the end zone but he as out of bounds. Would have been a stupid play. Touchback.
|@ JasonLaCanfora : If Peyton Manning improves as quickly week to week this season as he has quarter-to-quarter tonite, then Denver wins division going away|
Peyton looks for Decker again and this one did look like pass interference as Decker can't come down with the catch. Matt Prater kciks a short field goal to make it 25-19 DENVER.
Peyton runs a play-action and looks for Stokely over the top but throws it out of bounds.
McGahee rushes for a couple yards. Ball on the 8.
Peyton throws one to Decker running down the right sideline and he draws a pass interference penalty Lewis. Huge call. I don't like the call. Ball was underthrown. Not a lot of contact from Lewis.
Polamalu hovers around the defensive line and Peyton doesn't like what he sees. Calls timeout.
After gaining nothing on first down, Peyton hands it off to McGahee and he runs right picking up 9 yards.
Peyton finds Jacob Tamme again, this time on a wheel route on the right side. Tamme catches it at Pittsburgh's 20.
Peyton hands it off to Ball again but he's stopped after about 3 yards.
Peyton hands it to Lance Ball who runs right up the middle for 10 yards.
McGahee runs left this time and picks up about 3. Peyton hurries it up and gives it to Moreno who loses his shoe and still picks up the first down. Still in the no huddle.
Willis McGahee runs right and picks up about 4 yards. Peyton is still using the no-huddle but eating up the play-clock.
Pitt punts, Jim Leonhard takes it to Denver's 38.