Zero Points at Halftime? No Problem...for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning

Jerry TappSenior Analyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 35-24.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Let’s be honest. How many of you thought there was no way the Denver Broncos were going to come back and win last night’s game against the San Diego Chargers? Down 24-0, the offense had five possessions in the first half resulting in four punts and a turnover. Oh, and did I mention the game was being played in San Diego?

Since 2000, a team that was held scoreless at halftime had won only 88 games and lost 521, a winning percentage of only .144. Not a good omen for the Broncos as they came out of the tunnel to start the third quarter.

There was one key factor to a possible Denver comeback, however—Peyton Manning (more on that in a moment).

First, consider that of the now 89 wins (since 2000) that have resulted after teams were held scoreless at halftime, the Denver Broncos won five of those games, tied for second-most on the list. In fact, of the 32 NFL teams, the Broncos have the second-best record since 2000 in games when they have been held scoreless through the first two quarters. They are now 5-8, a .385 winning percentage.

Here’s a look at each teams’ record since 2000 in games where they were held scoreless at half.

I’m sure by now you noticed which team was at the top of the list—Indianapolis. And what do the Colts have in common with the Broncos? Manning was the QB in Indianapolis for those six wins where the Colts had no points at halftime.


Follow Jerry on Twitter @StatsonTapp