Manning to rescue, Broncos up to No. 1
DENVER — The top seed in the AFC playoffs belongs to the Broncos. A quarterback quandary, too. Peyton Manning, a backup for the first time in his 18-year career after missing seven weeks, replaced Brock Osweiler in the third quarter and led Denver. Coach Gary Kubiak refused to say who will start in the playoffs. Osweiler threw for 232 yards, including a 72-yard score to Demaryius Thomas on the game's second play. But Denver committed five turnovers, including two interceptions that weren't his fault and a fumble by receiver Emmanuel Sanders after a catch. "I don't think Brock did anything wrong," Kubiak said. "I know we had the turnovers, but a couple of them he had nothing to do with. But just my gut told me to turn it over to (Manning) and let him lead the football team." Manning, coming off the bench for the first time in the NFL, led the Broncos to 20 points in 11/2 quarters despite going just 5-of-9 for 69 yards.