DENVER — **After a disaster-laden first half with four turnovers, it took one more giveaway in the third quarter for the Broncos to turn to Peyton Manning, who has missed the last six games while rehabbing from a partially torn plantar fascia.
Manning took over for Brock Osweiler, who completed 14 of 22 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. In spite of the five turnovers, the Chargers were able to score 10 points off of them, leading to a one-point deficit as Manning came into the game.
He proceeded to receive a standing ovation from the crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as he jogged onto the field for his first drive since Nov. 15 against the Chiefs. Though Manning didn't need to lead the team single-handedly, he completed two passes: one to tight end Virgil Green for a 14-yard gain and one to wide receiver Jordan Norwood for six yards. The running game did the rest, with running back Ronnie Hillman rushing for 10 yards and C.J. Anderson going for 45 yards and the touchdown to cap the drive.