Tony Romo had the big numbers, Peyton Manning had the victory.
In one of the greatest NFL games of modern times, the Denver Broncos out-lasted the Dallas Cowboys to secure a famous 51-48 victory and move their record for the season to 5-0.
Manning threw 414 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception also on his stat line. Romo has a franchise-record 506 yards to his name, along with five touchdowns. However, it’s his fourth quarter interception that ultimately cost the Cowboys victory.
With the scores tied at 48-48, the hosts were looking to launch a long-drive late in the game to claim victory. Romo was subsequently picked off at the two-minute warning, with Danny Trevathan beating Gavin Escobar to the ball and setting-up his team for victory from the 24-yard line.
Manning managed the game-clock superbly for the next 118 seconds, taking his side to the one-yard line, then back a bit before calling a time out with two ticks remaining on the clock. The field goal was good, and the game was over.
“We talked about at halftime, we had to keep scoring, Their offence is hot. The field goals were disappointing because their offence was scoring touchdowns in the second half,” said the former Colt post-match.
“But, we kept scoring and then had the huge defensive play at the end, which was significant. We did not want to give them the ball back.”
The Broncos scored on nine of their 11 drives, and did not use punter Britton Colquitt once at Cowboys Stadium.
And, one of their scoring drives saw Manning get into the end zone himself, with the QB scoring his first rushing TD since 2008. He has no plans to try and repeat the feat this season.
Manning added: “I’ve done it actually a couple of times, believe it or not. The key is, you want to do it about every five years or so. If you do it every game, they’re going to be playing it, right?”
The Broncos host the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) next weekend, whilst the Cowboys host the Washington Redskins (1-3) in a potentially crucial NFC East clash.