DENVER -- Thirty minutes into Sunday's game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, only 14 total points had been scored between Denver and Washington.
In the second half, the Broncos scored 38 by themselves. They were all unanswered, turning a 21-7 deficit into a decisive, 45-21 win.
"We were a little disappointed at halftime to only have seven points, but we realized we only had the ball four times and I think on three of those we were on our own 10-yard line or so," quarterback
Manning finished the game 30-of-44 for 354 yards and four touchdowns. However, he also threw three interceptions and fumbled once when Ryan Kerrigan got into the backfield to slap the ball out of the quarterback's hands.
"It’s disappointing, there’s no question, because you feel like you put your defense in a tough spot," Manning said. "You do feel – I don’t think frustrated is the word. I think determined is the word, to overcome those mistakes. And you don’t do it by pressing and forcing things, you do it by going about your business and doing your job. I thought we did that and that was good to see.”
For that reason, Head Coach John Fox said he thought "without a doubt that was our best defensive outing."
Not only did the defense help the team overcome four turnovers on the offensive side of the ball, the group made sure the Broncos won the turnover battle in the end by intercepting both Redskins quarterbacks -- Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins -- twice apiece and forcing and recovering another fumble.
"You go out in the second half and we're always taught to fight," said cornerback
In the fourth quarter, the Redskins had the ball seven times. The drives ended as follows:
Three-and-out. Fumble. Three-and-out. Interception. Interception. Interception. Interception.
"Four or five turnovers, three or four sacks, that's lights-out football," he said. "Stout against the run, good against the pass -- you can't ask for nothing better."
According to press box totals, Griffin was sacked three times and hit on 13 occasions. The final hit, provided by defensive tackle
Meanwhile, Manning spread his four touchdowns to four different players --
The Broncos now enter their bye week having completed half of their regular-season slate with a 7-1 record.
"I think this was a huge team win, in itself, because we were down 21-7 and we had those unanswered points to really seal the deal," wide receiver