Broncos remain unbeaten on road
DETROIT — Peyton Manning became the second player to complete 6,000 passes in the NFL and threw for two touchdowns as the Broncos remained unbeaten Sunday night while keeping the Lions winless.
Manning reached the mark with a 5-yard pass to wide receiver Jordan Norwood in the third quarter. Only Brett Favre (6,300) has more completions than Manning, who reached 6,000 with his 23rd completion Sunday.
The Broncos are 3-0 for the first time since 2013, when they reached the Super Bowl.
Manning hit receiver Demaryius Thomas for a 45-yard touchdown on fourth down with 5 seconds left in the second quarter, giving Denver a 14-6 lead.
The Lions were poised to tie it at 7 with 1:03 left in the quarter after Joique Bell's 1-yard touchdown run, but Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, a former Buc, blocked ex-Bronco Matt Prater's extra point.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford didn't have a good night. He caught his own pass in the third quarter for a loss of 6 after the ball bounced back to him from the line of scrimmage. Stafford threw for 282 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble.
Manning threw for 324 yards with one interception.
In the third quarter, Thomas tried to stretch the ball forward while being dragged to the ground by Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis and the ball came loose. Cornerback Quandre Diggs picked it up for the Lions and took off toward the end zone, but Thomas was ruled down by contact. That ruling was overturned by replay, giving Detroit the ball at the Denver 29.
Detroit eventually scored on a 16-yard touchdown from Stafford to running back Ameer Abdullah. A 2-point conversion was stopped, and Denver still led 14-12.
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson passed a concussion test after a crunching hit by defensive end Darryl Tapp on the final play of the first quarter.
Manning hit tight end Owen Daniels for an 11-yard touchdown with 2:28 left to seal it.