09/09/2012 08:12 pm ET

Broncos vs. Steelers LIVE UPDATES: Peyton Manning Returns Against Pittsburgh In Week 1

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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?

09/09/2012 11:45 PM EDT

@ AdamSchefter :

So it looks like old 18 still can play a bit.

09/09/2012 11:41 PM EDT


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.

09/09/2012 11:38 PM EDT

4th and 15

Ben can't find anyone down field and Denver sacks him AGAIN. That will be the game. Denver just needs to knee it.

09/09/2012 11:37 PM EDT

3rd and 5

Denver defense sacks Roethlisberger again. Von Miller gets another one.

Miller TEBOWED after that sack.

09/09/2012 11:37 PM EDT

Ben hits Sanders in the middle of the field to make it 3rd and 5 coming up.

09/09/2012 11:36 PM EDT

1st and 10

Von Miller gets to Big Ben on the first play and brings him down for a loss of 7.

09/09/2012 11:35 PM EDT


Touchback for Pittsburgh.

09/09/2012 11:34 PM EDT

@ MikeGarafolo :

Tracy Porter with the pick six ... this time to benefit Peyton.

09/09/2012 11:34 PM EDT

Two-Point Conversion

The Steelers D keeps McGahee out of the end zone. Conversion no good. 31-19 Denver.

09/09/2012 11:32 PM EDT

@ 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