Peyton Manning enters to help secure AFC’s Top Seed
2015 was a rough year for the Denver Broncos quarterback. After returning from an injury that hampered him towards the end of the 2014 season, there just seemed to be something off from him. Luckily, the team had Wade Phillips and the Broncos defense to help bail him out of some games.
After passing Brett Favre, again, for the most passing yards in a career, Peyton Manning was “knocked out” of the game against the Chiefs after recording 35 yards passing and four interceptions.
He finally resumed practicing during the week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was still deemed unhealthy to play. He was finally listed as active in the regular season finale against the then San Diego Chargers.
However, Brock Osweiler had played well up to this time to stay as the starter. And it was looking good to start. Then it went downhill. Then we got to see The Sheriff return to the field for the first time since he was pulled against the Chiefs.
And did he lead them to a comeback. To this day, in my opinion, it was the gutsiest move that Gary Kubiak had made during his time as Denver Broncos head coach. With the Patriots having lost that day, the top seed was in sight.
The decision to put Manning in the game paid off as he would lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-20 victory that secured the top seed in the AFC.