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So Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is human after all…maybe.
On Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the prolific passer finally threw an interception.
But he also brought his team back from an early 14-0 deficit to outlast the Cowboys, 51-48, in one of the highest-scoring games in league history.
In terms of 2013, Manning remains superhuman. For the season, he has now completed 75.8 percent of his throws for a league-high 1,884 yards and 20 touchdowns, with that one interception.
On Sunday against the Cowboys, he would throw for 414 yards and four scores. And let's not forget Manning's one-yard touchdown run less than a minute before halftime that gave Denver a short-lived 28-17 lead.
But it was a non-touchdown run in the closing minute of the game that proved to be the most important play of the afternoon. Manning told teammate Knowshon Moreno to come up short off the end zone so the Broncos could kill some clock. And Moreno heeded those words, setting up Matt Prater's 28-yard field goal as time expired.
"I was just confused of how to do it," Moreno said, via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today. "And he was like, 'Just do it!'"
Manning is in complete control right now. And that means he'll continue putting a lot of points on the board until the Denver defense is back to full strength, whenever or if ever that may be.
This week the Broncos face the Jacksonville Jaguars, and after that game, two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller will return from his six-game suspension. Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey hopes to be healthy soon as well.
Imagine the Broncos at full strength on both sides of the ball.
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