4:25 PM ET, September 15, 2013
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday Blitz: Broncos-Giants Recap
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Unless they meet again in the postseason, this was the last Manning Bowl.
"I think both of us are glad that it's over with," Peyton said after throwing for two touchdowns. "Postseason is one thing, but I don't think I'll make it to the next regular season (meeting, in four years). I think this'll be the end of it. So I'll be happy about that. And the family will."
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Big brother didn't need another record-tying seven touchdown passes. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, ran for 109 yards altogether.
With Manning finding Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns, and Moreno scoring on sprints down the right side, Denver dominated much of the matchup between Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks; Eli has won two titles, Peyton one. The older Manning's first two victories against his sibling came when Peyton was with the Colts.
"For me, it's a strange feeling," Peyton said. "It's not quite as enjoyable as if you beat somebody else."
Peyton finished 30 of 43 for 307 yards with no interceptions. Eli was 28 of 39 for 362 yards, but was picked off four times; he had 15 interceptions all of last season and has seven already this year.
After the rout, the brothers shared a very short handshake while surrounded by a mob of photographers and TV cameras. They had exchanged their greetings before the kickoff.
"We chatted for 10 minutes, nothing specific, just brotherly talk," Eli said. "After that, there wasn't a whole lot of brotherly interaction."
The Giants also allowed Trindon Holliday's spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.
The Broncos became the fourth team in NFL history to beat the previous two Super Bowl winners in consecutive weeks, and the first to do it since 1992.
|2013 Broncos||BAL, NYG||1-2|
|1992 Eagles||WAS, NYG||16-17|
|1992 Cowboys||WAS, NYG||1-2|
|1986 Vikings||SF, CHI||6-7|
Peyton, who became the third player over 60,000 career yards passing on Denver's opening drive, connected with a wide-open Welker for a 2-yard score that gave the Broncos a 17-9 lead. But little brother took New York 81 yards in response, although the drive was built more on Broncos blunders -- four penalties, including two for pass interference -- than Manning magic.
There was plenty of Moreno magic on Denver's next series, when he again surged around the right end to almost duplicate his earlier 20-yard scoring run with a 25-yarder. Considered a backup heading toward the season, New Jersey native Moreno was virtually the entire running game for the Broncos on Sunday -- and he made the difference.
"I feel the same every game, always amped up and real emotional," he said. "You just got to go out and play."
Peyton Manning also hit Thomas for an 11-yard score as Denver pulled away in the second half after leading 10-9 at halftime. Da'Rel Scott took a short pass 23 yards for a TD for New York to conclude the Giants' scoring.
"It's very disappointing, frustrating ... the whole point is we have to hang in there," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We have 14 games to go. We have been 0-2 before. We dug ourselves into a hole before and been able to fight our way out of it. When we did it was with team, but the performance level has to come up."
The sloppy first half was marred by eight dropped passes on both sides, including three by Welker. The biggest drop, though, came on a running play when rookie Montee Ball fumbled at the New York 3 to ruin Denver's drive from its 7 on the opening series.
Brown added kicks of 24 and 41 yards in the first half.
Denver's first touchdown came on Moreno's 20-yard sprint around right end early in the second quarter, and Matt Prater made a 42-yard field goal 47 seconds before halftime. He added a 47-yarder 2:38 from the end. The Giants have allowed 77 points in two games.
Denver has won 400 games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. It tied a team record with its seventh straight road victory, even though it drew 13 penalties for 132 yards. ... The Broncos last won at the Giants in 1980. ... Cruz had eight catches for 118 yards, his second straight 100-yard outing this season. ... Broncos LB Danny Trevathan had the game's only sack and was in on 10 tackles.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||5.4|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||1-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|FG||07:41||Josh Brown 36 Yd||0||3|
|TD||14:22||Knowshon Moreno 20 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)||7||3|
|FG||06:53||Josh Brown 24 Yd||7||6|
|FG||02:19||Josh Brown 41 Yd||7||9|
|FG||00:47||Matt Prater 42 Yd||10||9|
|TD||08:58||Wes Welker 2 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Matt Prater Kick)||17||9|
|TD||03:08||Brandon Jacobs 1 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)||17||16|
|TD||00:25||Knowshon Moreno 25 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)||24||16|
|TD||12:19||Julius Thomas 11 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Matt Prater Kick)||31||16|
|TD||10:13||Trindon Holliday 81 Yd Punt Return (Matt Prater Kick)||38||16|
|TD||03:59||Da'Rel Scott 23 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick)||38||23|
|FG||02:38||Matt Prater 47 Yd||41||23|
From Elias: The Giants 10 turnovers are their most through 2 games in franchise history.
The Broncos are the 4th team in NFL history to defeat the last 2 Super Bowl champs in consecutive weeks. They're the first team to do so since 1992, when the Eagles beat the Redskins and Giants in the last 2 games of the season. The only other team to accomplish the feat in the first 2 games of the season was the 1992 Cowboys, who went on to win the Super Bowl that year.[+]
Defeated Last 2 Super Bowl Champs in Consecutive Weeks
From Elias: Peyton Manning has 769 Pass yds, 9 TD and 0 Int already this season... FROM ELIAS: That's the most passing yards AND the most passing TD without an interception through 2 games in NFL history.
Eli Manning struggled to protect the football again Sunday, throwing four interceptions to bring his league-leading total to seven this season. Manning's deep ball was a big problem, as he completed 1-of-7 passes deeper than 20 yards downfield for 51 yards and two interceptions. Manning threw two interceptions all of last year on those throws. - Manning was 3-for-9 for 14 yards and three interceptions targeting Ruben Randle, including 1-of-7 for 7 yards and 3 interceptions on throws deeper than five yards downfield.[+]
Eli Manning Deeper Than 20 Yds Downfield
Peyton Manning finished 25-of-32 for 205 yards and two touchdowns on throws 10 yards downfield or fewer. Broncos' receivers gained 116 yards after catch on those short throws, their second-straight game with more than 115 yards after catch. Broncos' receivers exceeded 115 yards after catch on short throws in only three games last year.
The Broncos had 13 penalties for 132 yards Sunday, as opposed to four penalties for 16 yards for the Giants. The Broncos' +116 penalty yard margin is the largest for a winning team since Week 9 of 2007 (Patriots +121 over Colts).
Peyton Manning logged an 89.1 Total QBR in Sunday's win against his brother Eli, who posted a 57.5 Total QBR. Peyton has had a higher QBR in each of his 3 head-to-head matchups with Eli (all wins).[+]
Manning Brothers Total QBR in Head-to-Head Matchups
The Broncos are 2-0 without Von Miller this year, and put together another strong performance in coverage when using a standard pass rush. The Broncos are averaging twice as many passes defended or intercepted per game this year (5.0) as last year (2.5) when using four or fewer rushers. However, for the second week in a row the Broncos defense couldn't generate pressure with a standard pass rush.[+]
Broncos Defense, 4 or Fewer Rushers
Peyton Manning has a Total QBR of at least 80.0 in all 3 matchups against Eli, and he has an NFL-high 55 games with an 80.0-plus Total QBR in the QBR era (since the start of 2006), more than double Eli's total. Peyton has won nearly 78% of his games during that span, while Eli has won around 58%.[+]
Manning Brothers Total QBR, Since Start of 2006 Season
The Broncos are the 7th team in the Super Bowl era to score 40 points in each of their first 2 games of a season. Two of the previous 6 teams won the Super Bowl.[+]
Scored 40 Points in Each of 1st 2 Games of Season - Super Bowl Era (Since 1966)
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