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Broncos 34, Browns 12

Manning surgical in beating Browns

DENVER — By his own estimation, Peyton Manning is not the quarterback he used to be.

Try telling that to the Browns.

Manning threw for a season-high 339 yards and three touchdowns, two zinged into impossibly tight windows to well-covered receivers, that pushed the Broncos into a first-place tie in the AFC with a win over Cleveland.

Manning recorded his 72nd career three-touchdown game — tying Brett Favre for the most all-time, according to Elias — and has 34 touchdowns and 4,355 passing yards this season.

"A 36-year-old quarterback coming off a year and a half off, playing on a new team, I'm trying to be as good as I possibly can in this scenario," Manning said. "It's a different kind of body I'm playing in and just a different kind of quarterback play for me."

The Browns finished without their top rookies, quarterback Brandon Weeden (right shoulder) and running back Trent Richardson (left ankle).


Broncos 34, Browns 12 12/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 11:03pm]
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