All Colts grow up to be Broncos.
That was the top story tonight, Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis, facing the team that made him the quarterback he is today. Von Miller’s return was highly overshadowed by this.
After an initial “boo-ing” from the crowd when the Denver Broncos stepped onto the field, the mood changed as the big screen at Lucas Oil Stadium played old tape of Peyton Manning, and the crowd cheered as Peyton Manning motioned a “thank you” toward the crowd.
As if the return to Indianapolis wasn’t emotional enough for Peyton Manning, there was an extra sting to it after Colts’ owner Jim Isray made some comments about how he was unhappy with only one Superbowl ring, an apparent jab at Manning.
“(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these,” Irsay said holding up his hand with the Superbowl ring on it. “Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.
“You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this.”
Peyton refused to comment about Isray’s statement, but hurt or not,it was football time. Two touchdown passes to receiver Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas highlighted the first half, but the Colts defense stepped up, causing Manning to fumble in the endzone for a Colts safety. The Colts secondary cannot be ignored either as they forced the Broncos to go 3 and out on many occasions.
People were calling this game the “War of 1812,” a reference to Payton Manning’s number 18, and Andrew Luck’s number 12. A war it has been too, the Colts having outplayed the Broncos thus far, with 278 total yards compared to the Broncos 169 here in the third quarter.
I guess we will have to wait and see if Manning can come back and win against the team he said he had wanted to play for for the rest of his life.