Final Score: Broncos 41, Giants 23

Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and two scores, while little brother Eli tossed four picks, as Peyton's Broncos whipped Eli's Giants 41-23 (Box Score, Gamebook, ANS Box Score) in Manning Bowl 3.

On the opening possession of the game, Denver fell back as far as its own 4-yard line and drove 90 yards from there, but Montee Ball fumbled into the end zone in classic rookie fashion.

A 51-yard pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz set up what would ultimately be a 36-yard field goal, putting the Giants up 3-0 and completing what we'll call a 10-point swing.

After two punts by each team, Knowshon Moreno finished a 60-yard drive with a 20-yard power toss sweep touchdown, led beautifully by Orlando Franklin.

7.5 minutes later, another Giants drive stalled out deep in Denver territory, and the G-Men had to settle for another short kick, this time a 24-yarder which brought them to within 7-6.

They would tack on another three points with a 41-yarder from Josh Brown, and it was 9-7 Giants less than 2.5 minutes before the half.

Of course, that was more than enough time for Peyton to move the Broncos into scoring position, and they settled for a 42-yard field goal from Matt Prater.

But Peyton and Co. had left Eli with 43 seconds with which to operate, and the Giants got themselves into FG range rather quickly.

Thankfully, Eli sailed a throw from the 26 into the end zone, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made up for a pass interference penalty on the prior play with an interception for touchback.

At halftime, Denver led 10-9, despite having allowed the Giants four prime scoring opportunities.

And as has become their habit over the past year or so, the Broncos re-emerged a much crisper team, forcing a quick three-and-out after halftime.

Peyton led the Broncos on a nine-play, 53-yard march, capped by a textbook play-action pass to Wes Welker for a two-yard score, and Denver was ahead 17-9.

The Giants' next drive would be aided by four huge penalties, including an atrocious third-down PI call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the end zone, and Brandon Jacobs finished the 81-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

However, Tom Coughlin elected to kick instead of giving his team a chance to tie the score, and the Broncos held a 17-16 lead with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter. The Giants would never get another opportunity to even the tally.

Denver quickly responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive - including another sweep by Moreno - this one a 25-yard score which put the Broncos back up 24-16.

The ensuing Giants possession ended prematurely, when a pass by Eli deflected off Tony Carter's heel and into the waiting arms of Chris Harris.

Five plays later, Julius Thomas scored his third NFL touchdown, and the Broncos were up 31-16 with 12:19 remaining.

Lightning would strike again just two minutes later, in the form of an 81-yard punt return by Trindon Holliday. The rout was on, as Denver had gained an insurmountable 38-16 advantage.

Eli's third interception of the evening ended the next possession, as Rahim Moore fielded the flyball in centerfield.

A 23-yard catch-and-run by Da'Rel Scott got the Giants to within 38-23, but after a failed onside kick, Matt Prater put Denver up 41-23 with a 47-yard field goal.

Tony Carter added Denver's third end-zone pick moments later, and the Broncos are now 2-0 without Von Miller and Champ Bailey.

Key Numbers

  • 10 of the Giants' 28 first downs came via penalty
  • The Broncos were a healthy 8-15 on third downs, while the Giants were just 1-11
  • Denver outgained the G-Men on the ground by a whopping 109-23 margin
  • Knowshon Moreno's 93 rushing yards are his sixth most in a single game, and it's the first time he's scored twice in a game since 2010
  • Peyton Manning's touchdown pace has plummeted from 112 to 72, but he's still on pace to throw zero interceptions
  • The Broncos are on pace to go 19-0
  • Trindon Holliday now has five return touchdowns in just 14 games with the Broncos
  • Through two games, the Broncos have had zero first-quarter points, 24 second-quarter points, 35 third-quarter points, and 31 fourth-quarter points
  • Denver has six takeaways against three giveaways this season

Links

Videos: Highlights from BTV and NFLN, plus John Fox's postgame speechJohn FoxPeyton Manning, and several others speak after the game; here are their quotes transcribed.

Peyton says it was strange to play against his brother.

Giants safety Antrel Rolle claims his team had a great game plan. So, what would the score have been with a crappy one?

Andrew MasonMike KlisDon BanksJarrett BellRyan WilsonBill PenningtonEbenezer SamuelDan Graziano, and Harvey Araton recap the game.

Joan Niesen discusses Knowshon Moreno's hometown hero performance.

Jeff Legwold says Ryan Clady had a "significant limp" after the game, while Duke Ihenacho was in a walking boot. FWIW, Clady - who has never missed an NFL game - doesn't seem too concerned.

Meanwhile, leave it to Legwold to point out that Knowshon's 93 rushing yards weren't as many as 100 yards would be. THIS MATTERS.

Updated 11am ET 9/16/13

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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