DENVER — With two first-half touchdown passes from Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos held a 14-3 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Manning and extended the Broncos’ lead to 14-3 over the Browns with 12:40 left in the second quarter.
On third-and-nine from the Browns’ 10-yard line, Manning took the shotgun snap and looked to his left, where he found Decker dragging his route along the back of the end zone. Even with Sheldon Brown in coverage, Decker went up in traffic and pulled in his team-leading 10th touchdown pass of the season.
The Broncos’ second touchdown drive of the day covered 80 yards in 15 plays and took 6:55 off the game clock.
With a touchdown pass on their opening drive, the Broncos led the Browns, 7-3, after the first quarter of play from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Manning threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 12:10 remaining in the first quarter.
On third-and-four, Manning took a shotgun snap from center Dan Koppen and threw the ball deep down the left side of the field for Thomas, who ran underneath the pass and caught in as it got past the outstretched arms of veteran defensive back Sheldon Brown.
Manning drove the Broncos 80 yards in eight plays and took 2:50 off the first-quarter clock.
The Browns answered when kicker Phil Dawson converted a 27-yard field goal attempt and cut the Broncos’ lead to 7-3 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter of play. Dawson’s 27th field goal of the season and 303rd of his career capped off a 14-play, 63-yard drive that took 7:35 off the first-quarter clock.
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