While their opponent for the divisional round of the playoffs is yet to be decided, the Denver Broncos have already decided which quarterback will start under center in that game.
Large part thanks to his performance last weekend against the San Diego Chargers and his experience, the team announced on their website today that Peyton Manning will start ahead of Brock Osweiler next weekend.
Manning replaced Osweiler last weekend against the Chargers during the third quarter when the Broncos were down 13-7 after five turnovers, and he lead the side to a 27-20 which helped them clinch the AFC West title and the first seed in the AFC.
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He led the Broncos on four scoring drives - two touchdowns and two field goals - and completed 5-of-9 passes for 69 yards. The team also had a season best of 210 rushing yards on that day as well.
This was the first time the 39-year-old had taken to the football field since November 19 against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a torn plantar fascia. In large part, it hasn't been a year to remember for Peyton, in what could be his last season in the NFL.
Over 10 games played before he was sidelined due to injury and form, he threw for 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns, and a staggering 17 interceptions. During his absence, Osweiler helped the team to four wins and two losses, which secured home-field advantage in the AFC, and he threw for 1,967 yards, ten touchdowns, and only six interceptions.
Now named as the team's starter, Manning will be hoping to lead the Broncos all the way to a Super Bowl victory, as he will receive an extra $4 million due to a performance bonus in his contract if he accomplishes this aim.
The Broncos can now start preparations for their next game with Peyton under the helm, but they'll have to wait to see who they will face in the divisional round of the playoffs on January 17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This will either be their divisional rivals the Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Houston Texans.
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