With Peyton Manning Under Center, You Can Never Count Denver Broncos Out

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls out an audible play against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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This is getting ridiculous. How many times can the Denver Broncos go down by three scores and still find a way to get back into the ballgame?

I guess that's what happens when you sign one of the best quarterbacks in league history, regardless of his age or injury history.

To be clear, Peyton Manning is not the same quarterback who threw for 49 touchdown passes in a single season. That guy is gone, but having Manning at 90 percent is apparently good enough to lead incredible comebacks. 

The latest took place at the home of the Broncos' only real rival for the division title—the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers had marched up and down the field, building up a 24-point lead. All that seemed to be left was for San Diego to come out and finish what it had started in the first half.

Manning didn't get the memo.

He immediately drove 85 yards for a score, hooking up with Demaryius Thomas for a 29-yard touchdown just four minutes into the second half.

The rest followed much of the same script. Well, with a Philip Rivers turnover sprinkled in every four to five plays.

Coming back from leads has become a hobby of sorts for Denver. No matter how many points the Broncos trail by, they start to claw their way back, striking fear that they may ruin the other team's cover—or worse, win straight out.

On this particular night, the Broncos did, much as they did against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Need more examples?

Against the Atlanta Falcons, they were down 27-7 before Peyton decided to take over. Down 31-11 in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans, the Broncos fought back to bring the game to within one score.

They lost both times.

The Broncos aren't a good team. Good teams don't fall behind by such large margins on a regular basis.

But they are fun. Because so long as Manning is under center, the Broncos are a threat to win the game.

Regardless of the deficit.