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The Broncos scored on every possession of the first half and held the headstrong Colts under the leadership of quarterback Andrew Luck to a single touchdown made by Luck on a quarterback scramble in the last seconds of the half.
Colts opened the game in punt out city running head on into the Bronco defense. They made it to the Denver 36 yard line before they stalled out.
Peyton and the Broncos took over and marched to the red zone where a couple of passes to Demaryius Thomas failed and they settled for a field goal by backup kicker Brandon McManus who put 3 points on the board.
On their next possession Andrew Luck threw an interception snagged by Rahim Moore who made a 15-yard return, and as the first quarter ended the Broncos blew across the goal line with Julius Thomas to make the score 10-0.
On their first possession of the second quarter Luck got sacked by Nate Irving and ended up in punt out city.
Broncos saddled up and Peyton Manning mounted a 83-yard touchdown drive spearheaded by Julius Thomas.to make the score 17-0.
Colts went back to punt out city after Luck got sacked by Malik Jackson.
Heading towards the two minute warning the Broncos used their ground game with Montee Ball, C.J. Caldwell and Emanuel Sanders and second and goal at the Colts 5 yard line passed the ball to Julius Thomas for the touchdown. That made the score 24-0. That was three touchdown passes for Thomas in the first half.
In the final seconds of the half Colt quarterback Andrew Luck pulled himself together and mounted a 80-yard drive to the Bronco goal line where Luck scrambled across the goal line to go into the locker room at half time with a score of 24-7.
In the second half of the game the Colts revived and hammered away at the Denver defense, forcing them into a goal line stop in their first possession of the third quarter.
And Denver went to punt out city.
Colts came back and scored a field goal after Luck was sacked on the Denver 7 yard line. This made the score 24-10 and the Colts were getting it together.
Denver went back to punt out city with another incomplete pass to Demaryius Thomas.
In their next possession Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 26-yard run that put them at first down and goal. Montee Ball penetrated Colt defense to make the score 31-10.
Colts came back when Luck threw a 41-yard pass to Dwayne Allen for a touchdown to make the score 31-17.
Denver lost possession on an offside kick by the Colts but recovered on an interception by Bronco defender Rahim Moore to no avail. After sacking Manning and knocking down punter Britton Colquitt the Colts pushed through another touchdown on a deflected pass by Bronco Aquib Talib to make the final score 31-24 with under five minutes to go in the game.
As the clock ran out Denver defender Bradley Robey, a draft pick out of Ohio State, stopped the Colt rampage on fourth down and seven.
Denver won 31-24. Next week they play the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs lost 26-10 to the Tennessee Titans Sunday. Should not be a challenge.
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