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Peyton Manning: 5 Things We Learned from His Winning Debut with the Broncos
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Manning took the field at Mile High for his first official game as a Bronco on Sunday night.

Peyton Manning made his much-anticipated return to the NFL on Sunday night with the Denver Broncos and did not disappoint. Opening the season at home against the No. 1-rated Pittsburgh Steelers defense could not have presented a better challenge to measure how far the elder Manning brother has come in his recovery from four neck surgeries.

For most of the first half the Steelers controlled the game with a methodical power running and short passing attack. By sticking to a disciplined game plan, they were able to retain possession on consecutive long drives on both sides of halftime, keeping Manning off the field for over an hour in real time.

Pittsburgh ran down more than half of the third quarter in a promising drive but came out with only three points to show for their efforts (13-7).

Denver’s new No. 18 under center did not blink.

The Broncos scored a lightning-fast touchdown in two plays to make the score 14-13.

The contest was far from decided at that point, but Manning was able to get into rhythm with his receivers and use the running game to prevent the Steelers defense from forcing any big turnovers for the remainder of the game.

After last night’s performance, the hype surrounding the return of one of the greatest quarterbacks ever was justified.

Here are a few lessons we learned about Peyton Manning’s current form.

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