Peyton completed 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards and a pair of scores as he led the Broncos offense, while little brother Eli tossed for 362 yards and a score while completing just 57 percent of his 49 passes. The younger Manning also tossed four interceptions in the loss.
Eli’s Giants frequently saw the offense stall as they got close to the end zone, leaving Josh Brown to convert three first half field goal tries. All the same, the Giants stayed in the game until an Eli pass deflected off Broncos cornerback Tony Carter’s foot, allowing Chris Harris to turn the play into an interception. Peyton Manning would convert the turnover into a touchdown, building a two-score lead and taking all momentum from the Giants.
The biggest difference in this game was each team’s running game. Denver running back Knowshon Moreno tallied 93 yards and two touchdowns, while the Giants as a team ran for just 23 yards, averaging 1.2 yards per carry and forcing Eli Manning to take to the air on almost every play by the fourth quarter.
The Denver Broncos return home next week to take on the Oakland Raiders, while the New York Giants head on the road for a matchup with the Carolina Panthers.
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks briefly left the game after suffering a dislocated finger. Head Coach Tom Coughlin indicated after the game that he believes Nicks is fine.
Knowshon Moreno (16 touches) was once again the lead back in the Broncos’ backfield committee, out-touching Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, who had 14 touches and one touch on the day.
Through two games, Peyton Manning leads the NFL in touchdown passes with nine, while Eli leads the league in interceptions with seven.
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