Comeback: The NFL Shows How It’s Done
8:05 AM, Oct 20, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
After the opening kickoff of the second half, Manning took his new team, the Denver Broncos, smartly down the length of the field for a touchdown. He made it look easy. Though fans – and perhaps the Chargers’ secondary players – had been warned that Manning and his receivers are not yet entirely “on the same page.”
After that touchdown, the Chargers gave the Broncos one on a turnover. Then, on the first play of the third quarter, the gods revealed their plan to the astonished mortals. The Broncos were down 10 and looking at a third-and-16 from midfield. Manning did his ants-in-your-pants act, took the snap in the shotgun and threw complete to Jacob Tamme for 25 yards. The touchdown pass that followed a little later felt inevitable enough to be anticlimactic.
Manning was 13 for 14, with 167 yards and three touchdowns in the last two quarters. And the final score was 35 -24.
You could say it was a nearly sublime comeback. For the Broncos and the NFL.
And Manning? Maybe. Or maybe just another day at the office.